• WordNet 3.6
    • adv riotously in an exuberant manner "the exuberantly baroque decoration of the church"
    • adv riotously in a tumultuous and riotous manner "the crowd was demonstrating tumultuously"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • riotously In a riotous manner. In the manner of an unlawful assembly; tumultuously; turbulently; seditiously.
    • riotously With licentious revelry or debauchery.
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In literature:

Let all the elements therefore join in riotous revolt!
"The Mississippi Bubble" by Emerson Hough
Rocky Mountains charm them more than riotous millionaires; they have been known to prefer buffaloes to Boston.
"Miscellanies" by Oscar Wilde
It is very certain that he did not squander them in riotous living.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
In the meantime they were one in the effort to get Beth Drexel back to the safety of riotous Tampico or of a war vessel.
"Dutch Courage and Other Stories" by Jack London
Then a burst of riotous delight overwhelmed him.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
But the significance of the riotous demonstration went not unobserved by them and their newly arrived leader.
"William Lloyd Garrison" by Archibald H. Grimke
It had an overrun little garden in front, separated from the fields by a riotous hedge of sweetbriar.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
In a little old-world hamlet like Sleagill, a riotous cow or frightened horse supplied sensation for a week.
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
The people there get rather riotous.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
For a long time everything went on riotously and prosperously.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, August 28, 1841" by Various

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
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
On, on they come, a beautiful, mad troop!
On, on, along the sandy banks that fling
Red pebble-freckled arms far out to stay
The riotous waves that ride and hurl along
In casque and shield and wind their wat'ry horns.
"The Ohio Falls" by Madison Julius Cawein
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:

Belgian brews rule at Pete Crowley's riotous brewpub.
Brisk winds, riotous foliage and ripe apples can only mean one thing in Warren County.
New book details the violent and riotous summer of 1919.
Homes in the Black Belt were ransacked and burned during the riotous summer of 1919.
The World's Deep, Cold Sea Floors Harbor a Riotous Diversity of Life.
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's Riotous Ambition.
Louis Michot, the fiddler and frontman for a riotous Cajun rock band, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, playing the accordion for his son Julien.
Argo is the rare nail-biter that's also riotously funny as it focuses on a real-life incident that was not exactly ripped from the headlines.
Inciting a riotous Usenet flame war, like the war between alt. tasteless and rec.pets.cats, isn't a common notion of a good time.
Owner of El Salvador night club, Dan Ertel, downplays reports of riotous behavior by US government agents.
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.
Leaving dreary, black-and-white Westchester and flying into Antigua with its brilliant sunshine and riotous colors felt like Dorothy's transition from Kansas to Oz.
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.
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.
She upbraids Lear for his riotous men, and for defending them.