verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- 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
Synonyms for riot
Related Words for riotingturmoil, disturbance, brawl, strife, uproar, protest, storm, turbulence, lawlessness, trouble, anarchy, panic, rampage, burst, ruckus, scene, hassle, racket, free-for-all, flap
Examples from the Web for rioting
Contemporary Examples of rioting
But burning, rioting, and looting are disgraceful—and they make for real-life victims we somehow never hear about.
Rioting and looting ensued shortly after the verdict and racial tensions were tense across the United States for years to follow.
Rioting, shoplifting, and violent confrontation with the police took place shortly thereafter.
“In the early morning hours I arrived at the scene of rioting,” he told the YNet news wire.Israelis and Arabs Shaken by the Aftershock of Teen Murders
July 7, 2014
Also this week, 17 students were handed 14-year prison sentences for rioting.Egypt: The Revolution’s Last Stand
March 23, 2014
Historical Examples of rioting
The zinc-worker decided, just for the fun of it, to go into the city and watch the rioting.L'Assommoir
Touching their drunkenness and the trifle of rioting, what soldiers have not these faults?Love-at-Arms
It gave us the necessary information about the way in which rioting was to be stopped.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
The roughs at the Beaver had tried the game of rioting with the wrong men.Policing the Plains
Before dark the rioting was general, and barricades were going up.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
- 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
- to behave wildly and without restraint
- (of plants) to grow rankly or profusely
Word Origin for riot
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.
see read the riot act; run amok (riot).