On June 28, 1969, a group of gay men in downtown New York City rioted in a show of force against police harassment.
Consumerism: the Purest Kind of Politics On Black Friday last year, shoppers in an Arkansas Walmart rioted over a $2 waffle iron.
He dismissed the young man by withdrawing to his inner self, where he rioted among stupendous thoughts.
When he went home on leave he rioted on a large scale—pompously.
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 old hearth, that has rioted the summer through with boughs and blossoms, gives up its withered tenantry.
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.
He revelled in fancy waistcoats and rioted in tweeds and broadcloths.
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.