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riot

[rahy-uh t] /ˈraɪ ət/
noun
1.
a noisy, violent public disorder caused by a group or crowd of persons, as by a crowd protesting against another group, a government policy, etc., in the streets.
2.
Law. a disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons acting together in a disrupting and tumultuous manner in carrying out their private purposes.
3.
violent or wild disorder or confusion.
4.
a brilliant display:
a riot of color.
5.
something or someone hilariously funny:
You were a riot at the party.
6.
unrestrained revelry.
7.
an unbridled outbreak, as of emotions, passions, etc.
8.
Archaic. loose, wanton living; profligacy.
verb (used without object)
9.
to take part in a riot or disorderly public outbreak.
10.
to live in a loose or wanton manner; indulge in unrestrained revelry:
Many of the Roman emperors rioted notoriously.
11.
Hunting. (of a hound or pack) to pursue an animal other than the intended quarry.
12.
to indulge unrestrainedly; run riot.
verb (used with object)
13.
to spend (money, time, etc.) in riotous living (usually followed by away or out).
Idioms
14.
run riot,
  1. to act without control or restraint:
    The neighbors let their children run riot.
  2. to grow luxuriantly or abundantly:
    Crab grass is running riot in our lawn.
Origin of riot
1175-1225
1175-1225; (noun) Middle English: debauchery, revel, violent disturbance < Old French riot(e) debate, dispute, quarrel, derivative of rihoter, riot(t)er to quarrel; (v.) Middle English rioten < Old French rihoter, riot(t)er
Related forms
rioter, noun
antiriot, adjective, noun
counterrioter, noun
nonrioter, noun
nonrioting, adjective
unrioting, adjective
Synonyms
1. outbreak, brawl, fray, melee. 3. uproar, tumult, disturbance. 9. brawl, fight. 10. carouse.
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Examples from the Web for rioted
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  • He dismissed the young man by withdrawing to his inner self, where he rioted among stupendous thoughts.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
  • When he went home on leave he rioted on a large scale—pompously.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • Others, more skilful, preserved or improved their fortunes while they rioted in expense.

  • We paused to look at the gay flowers that rioted in his garden.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • The old hearth, that has rioted the summer through with boughs and blossoms, gives up its withered tenantry.

    Dream Life Donald G. Mitchell
  • Suddenly there rioted in him the disappointed vengeance of years.

  • The maidenly heart within her rioted madly in her breast, but she was used to self-repression.

    The Master's Violin Myrtle Reed
  • He revelled in fancy waistcoats and rioted in tweeds and broadcloths.

British Dictionary definitions for rioted

riot

/ˈraɪət/
noun
1.
  1. a disturbance made by an unruly mob or (in law) three or more persons; tumult or uproar
  2. (as modifier): a riot gun, riot police, a riot shield
2.
boisterous activity; unrestrained revelry
3.
an occasion of boisterous merriment
4.
(slang) a person who occasions boisterous merriment
5.
a dazzling or arresting display: a riot of colour
6.
(hunting) the indiscriminate following of any scent by hounds
7.
(archaic) wanton lasciviousness
8.
run riot
  1. to behave wildly and without restraint
  2. (of plants) to grow rankly or profusely
verb
9.
(intransitive) to take part in a riot
10.
(intransitive) to indulge in unrestrained revelry or merriment
11.
(transitive) foll by away. to spend (time or money) in wanton or loose living: he has rioted away his life
Derived Forms
rioter, noun
rioting, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French riote dispute, from ruihoter to quarrel, probably from ruir to make a commotion, from Latin rugīre to roar
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Word Origin and History for rioted

riot

n.

c.1200, "debauchery, extravagance, wanton living," from Old French riote (12c.) "dispute, quarrel, (tedious) talk, chattering, argument, domestic strife," also a euphemism for "sexual intercourse," of uncertain origin. Cf. Medieval Latin riota "quarrel, dispute, uproar, riot." Perhaps from Latin rugire "to roar." Meaning "public disturbance" is first recorded late 14c. Meaning "something spectacularly successful" first recorded 1909 in theater slang.

Run riot is first recorded 1520s, a metaphoric extension from Middle English meaning in reference to hounds following the wrong scent. The Riot Act, part of which must be read to a mob before active measures can be taken, was passed 1714 (1 Geo. I, st.2, c.5). Riot girl and alternative form riot grrl first recorded 1992.

v.

late 14c., "behave in a dissolute manner, engage in loose revelry," from Old French rioter "chatter, dispute, quarrel," from riote (see riot (n.)). Meaning "take part in a public disturbance" is from 1755. Related: Rioted; rioting.

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