• WordNet 3.6
    • adj riotous produced or growing in extreme abundance "their riotous blooming"
    • adj riotous unrestrained by convention or morality "Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society","deplorably dissipated and degraded","riotous living","fast women"
    • adj riotous characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination "effects of the struggle will be violent and disruptive","riotous times","these troubled areas","the tumultuous years of his administration","a turbulent and unruly childhood"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Riotous Involving, or engaging in, riot; wanton; unrestrained; luxurious. "The younger son . . . took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living."
    • Riotous Partaking of the nature of an unlawful assembly or its acts; seditious.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • riotous Tumultuous; of the nature of an unlawful assembly; seditious; guilty of riot: as, a riotous mob; a riotous demagogue.
    • riotous Indulging in riot or revelry; accompanied by or consisting in revelry or debauchery; wanton or licentious.
    • riotous Boisterous; uproarious: as, riotous glee.
    • riotous Synonyms See insurrection.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Riotous engaging in riot: seditious: tumultuous: luxurious: wanton
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. rioteux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. riotte; ety. dub.


In literature:

My time is too valuable to waste even with a mere contemplation of your riotous living.
"The Colossus" by Opie Read
Gradually the sun began to sink, throwing a riotous tangle of crimson and gold streamers to salute the earth.
"Balloons" by Elizabeth Bibesco
The week she had spent in New York was a riotous round of dissipation.
"Miss Mink's Soldier and Other Stories" by Alice Hegan Rice
Never had there been so riotous a jargon of distorted affectation and ponderous balderdash.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 103, Sep. 24, 1892" by Various
She drew back swiftly, her blood in riotous tumult.
"The Bells of San Juan" by Jackson Gregory
The campaign has interested me very greatly; it has been riotous and colorful and full of extravagance.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
It represented the sun-drenched slope below them, with the little gulch dressed riotously in its gala best of yellows.
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
It is of little use to attempt to clip the wings of the girl's imagination, however riotous.
"Vocational Guidance for Girls" by Marguerite Stockman Dickson
No, Mr. Hamil, the riotous tropical bloom one reads about is confined to people's gardens.
"The Firing Line" by Robert W. Chambers
Flags and gay bunting helped in the riotous effect of decoration.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey

In poetry:

Even the torrents, riotously wrathful,
Are to his footsteps fordable and pathful;
Even the prowlers, in the desert roaming,
Fly at his coming.
"Confidence (In Sapphics.)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
To keep my body temp'rate I must strive ;
Nor into riotous excesses run;
But soberly and chastely always live,
And, as the plague, all lust and lewdness shun:
"The Ten Commandments " by Rees Prichard
There is the tall palm, like her own dear stature,
The land's green lady, and riotously hang there,
All for Myvanwy's lips, the strange, delicious
Fruits of the tropics;
"Myvanwy" by Manmohan Ghose
Tho' the storm roars so loud, and so fierce pours the rain,
And tho' ('tis a truth) just destroy'd is our grain,
Yet still in the ale-house each sabbath we stay,
And spend in a riotous manner the day.
"Another, On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
Amid the growing shades of dusk stand sturdy pines,
Riotous clouds sweep past, swift and tranquil.
Nature has excelled herself in the Fairy Cave,
On perilous peaks dwells beauty in her infinite variety.
"The Fairy Cave" by Mao Zedong
A miss! Much too late you will see it.
Thus galloping wind in the morning
In passing a straw pile will buffet-
The blow will live on as a warning
To riotous tree-tops, and mingle
With their wrangles over the shingles.
"How few are we. Probably three..." by Boris Pasternak

In news:

When journalist Arkady Mamontov aired his television exposé on Pussy Riot last week, the central question was who was behind their riotous performance.
Belgian brews rule at Pete Crowley's riotous brewpub.
Brisk winds, riotous foliage and ripe apples can only mean one thing in Warren County.
It was riotous, side-splitting comedy last week when Sanford Weill, the onetime head of Citibank, went on CNBC to announce that he thought it was time to break up the big banks.
The 1961 world hockey champion Trail Smoke Eaters return home to a riotous welcome from Europe with player-coach Bobby Kromm holding the championship trophy.
Natalie Portman stars in the most risible and riotous backstage movie since Showgirls.
Remembering Maurice Sendak and His ' Riotous and Strange' Inner Child.
New book details the violent and riotous summer of 1919.
The World's Deep, Cold Sea Floors Harbor a Riotous Diversity of Life.
Louis Michot, the fiddler and frontman for a riotous Cajun rock band, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, playing the accordion for his son Julien.
Penn Jillette has penned a scandalous -- and riotous -- look at his time on The Celebrity Apprentice, and fellow contestant Clay Aiken isn't going to be happy.
The fluorescent lights at Club Madonna turn the multicolor carpeting into a hallucinogenic swirl, a riotous assault on the eyes that parallels the bass-heavy beats pumping from the sound system.
For the exhibition, Zjimjewski, with associate curators Joanna Warsza and the riotous Russian collective Voina, selected 30 projects from nearly 6,000 submitted in an open call.
Anne Hathaway hosted Saturday Night Live to promote her new movie, Les Misérables, but it was her riotous take on Claire Danes ' character on the Emmy-winning series, Homeland, that stole the show.
Brooks, ME (NEWS CENTER)-- A retired Maine Game Warden has written a riotous memoir of his days in the field.