• WordNet 3.6
    • v riot engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking "They were out carousing last night"
    • v riot take part in a riot; disturb the public peace by engaging in a riot "Students were rioting everywhere in 1968"
    • n riot a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
    • n riot a public act of violence by an unruly mob
    • n riot a joke that seems extremely funny
    • n riot a state of disorder involving group violence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Next time you start a riot in Wisconsin remember that it is illegal to use a laser pointer to do so.
    • Riot Excessive and exxpensive feasting; wild and loose festivity; revelry. "Venus loveth riot and dispense.""The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day."
    • Riot (Law) The tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by an unlawful assembly of three or more persons in the execution of some private object.
    • Riot (Law) To disturb the peace; to raise an uproar or sedition. See Riot n., 3.
    • Riot To engage in riot; to act in an unrestrained or wanton manner; to indulge in excess of luxury, feasting, or the like; to revel; to run riot; to go to excess. "Now he exact of all, wastes in delight, Riots in pleasure, and neglects the law.""No pulse that riots , and no blood that glows."
    • v. t Riot To spend or pass in riot. "He] had rioted his life out."
    • Riot Wanton or unrestrained behavior; uproar; tumult. "His headstrong riot hath no curb."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n riot A disturbance arising from wanton and disorderly conduct; a tumult; an uproar; a brawl.
    • n riot Specifically In law, an unlawful assembly which has actually begun to execute the purpose for which it assembled by a breach of the peace, and to the terror of the public, or a lawful assembly proceeding to execute an unlawful purpose. A riot cannot take place unless three persons at least are present. Stephen. Compare rout, 4, and unlawful assembly (under unlawful).
    • n riot A luxurious and loose manner of living; boisterous and excessive festivity; revelry.
    • n riot Confusion; a confused or chaotic mass; a jumble; a medley.
    • n riot To grow luxuriantly, wildly, or in rank abundance.
    • n riot Synonyms and Mutiny, Sedition, etc. See insurrection, quarrel.
    • riot To act in a wanton and disorderly manner; rouse a tumult or disturbance; specifically, to take part in a riot (see riot, n., 2), or outbreak against the public peace.
    • riot To be in a state of disorder or confusion; act irregularly.
    • riot To revel; run to excess in feasting, drinking, or other sensual indulgences; act in an unrestrained or wanton manner.
    • riot To throw into tumult or confusion; disturb; harass; annoy.
    • riot To indulge in pleasure or sensual enjoyment; satiate: used reflexively.
    • riot To pass in riot; destroy or put an end to by riotous living: with out.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Riot rī′ot uproar: tumult: a disturbance of the peace: excessive feasting: luxury
    • v.i Riot to brawl: to raise an uproar: to run to excess in feasting, behaviour, &c.: to be highly excited: to throw into a tumult: to annoy
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  • William Penn
    “Passion is the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “A riot is the language of the unheard.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “The more there are riots, the more repressive actin will take place, and the more we face the danger of a right-wing takeover and eventually a fascist society.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “Riots are the voices of the unheard.”
  • Rush Limbaugh
    Rush Limbaugh
    “The Los Angeles riots were not caused by the Rodney King verdict. The Los Angeles riots were caused by rioters.”
  • Norman Tebbit
    Norman Tebbit
    “He didn't riot. He got on his bike and looked for work.”


Read someone the riot act - If you read someone the riot act, you give them a clear warning that if they don't stop doing something, they will be in serious trouble.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. riote, of uncertain origin; cf. OD. revot, ravot,


In literature:

Alarming riots took place in England.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Army, Federal, and suppression of rioting, 225, 253; character of Cromwell's, 319, 320.
"Historical Essays" by James Ford Rhodes
During this negotiation a riot broke out in London.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
It is easy to forecast the first stages of the End's approach: Rioting.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
It might seem as though a riot were possible.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
The big hopes of the broken man had sometimes come as a torture to the boy when the blood of the old salt was rioting within him.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Dreams of honours, profits, and division of spoils held riot.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Mrs. Holmes spent a great deal of time in the attic, while the care-free children, utterly beyond control, rioted madly through the house.
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
He would like to talk to Ferdinand as to whether or not it was forced by the riots of Aranjuez.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
So riots broke out in Berlin, Stuttgart and Hamburg.
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor

In poetry:

If alone I pensive fit,
I myself can hardly bear;
If I pass along the street,
Sin and riot triumph there.
"Dwelling In Mesech" by John Newton
Burst out in wailing riot,
Thou darkling martyr-lay,
That in my soul, flame-quiet,
I've borne this many a day!
"With A Copy Of 'The Rabbi Of Bachwach'" by Heinrich Heine
I remember your hair - did I tie it?
For it always ran riot -
Like a tangled sunbeam of gold:
These things are old.
"Roses and Rue" by Oscar Wilde
And yet once more the bugles sang
Above the stormy riot;
No shout upon the evening rang—
There reigned a holy quiet.
"Music In Camp" by John Reuben Thompson
"`When ghosts return to walk with men,
We'll bring 'em cheap by steam, and fast:
We'll run a Branch to heaven! and then
We'll riot, man; for then, at last
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier
II. Oh no! this is fury, 'tis rage, or 'tis madness,
It scares the mild feelings that dwell in the heart;
It wearies the senses, or sinks into sadness
The soul that in riot can ne'er take a part.
"L'Amante Furioso" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

Pussy Riot Sent to Gulag .
Where Are the Pussy Riot Convicts Being Sent.
The stage on the back patio at the Riot Room was still empty.
Riot Grrrl Meets Contemporary Classical Music at Hillyer .
What do riot grrrl and classical music have in common.
The Cry Heard Around the World: "Free Pussy Riot.".
Alexander Lebedev, who has been an outspoken critic of the Pussy Riot verdict, could face up to five years in prison for punching a fellow tycoon on Russian television last year.
Members of the all-girl punk band 'Pussy Riot,' Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (C), Maria Alyokhina (R) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (L), sit behind bars during a court hearing in Moscow on July 20, 2012.
Like Russia's 'Pussy Riot,' shouldn't they be charged with hooliganism .
'Pussy Riot' guilty of hooliganism , sentenced to two years in prison.
Edited version of Pussy Riot's anti-Putin song.
A demonstration by supporters of the jailed feminist punk band Pussy Riot takes place outside the Russian Embassy on Aug 17, 2012, in London.
Pussy Riot Found Guilty of Hooliganism by Russian Court.
Pussy Riot members sentenced to 2 years in prison.
Members of Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (L), Maria Alyokhina (R), and Yekaterina Samutsevich (C), in court on Monday.

In science:

Riots and social revolutions happened in response to conditions of urban decay in many European countries established regimes affecting immigrants and certain population groups de facto alleviating the burden of the haphazard urbanization by increasing its deadly price.
Random Walks Estimate Land Value
Well I did anyway, and it nearly set off a riot.
My Life with Fisher
Include details of the causes and casualties of the riots and government and police responses.
Improving Update Summarization by Revisiting the MMR Criterion