Some local news reports suggest that a fight was the spark of the riot; others suspect that the fighting stemmed from the rioting.
And then he let Paulson lie to the House that without TARP there would be rioting in the major cities.
And indeed, the rioting seems rather tame by American or British standards—cars set ablaze, stones hurled at first responders.
Burning buildings and rioting in the streets do not have the power of one change to the tax code.
rioting, shoplifting, and violent confrontation with the police took place shortly thereafter.
I carefully tried to suppress a few pangs that were rioting.
Touching their drunkenness and the trifle of rioting, what soldiers have not these faults?
If I be found concerned in roystering or rioting, I forfeit the countenance of my pious kinsman, the bishop.
The roughs at the Beaver had tried the game of rioting with the wrong men.
It sounded as though everything thinkable and unthinkable was rioting and clamoring in the depths of the stream.
1590s, "dissoluteness," verbal noun from riot (v.). Earlier was riotry (early 14c.). Meaning "continuous public disturbance" is from 1832.
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.