riot

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English riot (debauched living, dissipation), from Old French riote (debate). Compare French riotte.

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Noun[edit]

riot (plural riots)

  1. Wanton or unrestrained behavior; uproar; tumult.
    • Shakespeare
      His headstrong riot hath no curb.
  2. The tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by an unlawful assembly of three or more persons in the execution of some private object.
  3. Excessive and expensive feasting; wild and loose festivity; revelry.
    • Chaucer
      Venus loveth riot and dispense.
    • Alexander Pope
      the lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day

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riot (third-person singular simple present riots, present participle rioting, simple past and past participle rioted)

  1. To create or take part in a riot; to raise an uproar or sedition.
    The nuclear protesters rioted outside the military base.
  2. (obsolete) To act in an unrestrained or wanton manner; to indulge in excess of luxury, feasting, etc.
    • Daniel
      Now he exact of all, wastes in delight, / Riots in pleasure, and neglects the law.
    • Alexander Pope
      No pulse that riots, and no blood that glows.

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