[ rahy-uht ]
/ ˈraɪ ət /
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.
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.
violent or wild disorder or confusion.
a brilliant display: a riot of color.
something or someone hilariously funny: You were a riot at the party.
an unbridled outbreak, as of emotions, passions, etc.
Archaic. loose, wanton living; profligacy.
verb (used without object)
to take part in a riot or disorderly public outbreak.
to live in a loose or wanton manner; indulge in unrestrained revelry: Many of the Roman emperors rioted notoriously.
Hunting. (of a hound or pack) to pursue an animal other than the intended quarry.
to indulge unrestrainedly; run riot.
verb (used with object)
to spend (money, time, etc.) in riotous living (usually followed by away or out).
- to act without control or restraint: The neighbors let their children run riot.
- to grow luxuriantly or abundantly: Crab grass is running riot in our lawn.
Origin of riot
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
ri·ot·er, nounan·ti·ri·ot, adjective, nouncoun·ter·ri·ot·er, nounnon·ri·ot·er, noun
non·ri·ot·ing, adjectiveun·ri·ot·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for antiriot (1 of 2)
/ (ˌæntɪˈraɪət) /
(of police officers, equipment, measures, etc) designed for or engaged in the control of crowds
British Dictionary definitions for antiriot (2 of 2)
/ (ˈraɪət) /
- a disturbance made by an unruly mob or (in law) three or more persons; tumult or uproar
- (as modifier)a riot gun; riot police; a riot shield
boisterous activity; unrestrained revelry
an occasion of boisterous merriment
slang a person who occasions boisterous merriment
a dazzling or arresting displaya riot of colour
hunting the indiscriminate following of any scent by hounds
archaic wanton lasciviousness
- to behave wildly and without restraint
- (of plants) to grow rankly or profusely
(intr) to take part in a riot
(intr) to indulge in unrestrained revelry or merriment
(tr foll by away) to spend (time or money) in wanton or loose livinghe has rioted away his life
Derived Formsrioter, nounrioting, noun
Word Origin for riot
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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Idioms and Phrases with antiriot
see read the riot act; run amok (riot).
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