Definitions for: Riot


[n] a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
[n] a public act of violence by an unruly mob
[n] a joke that seems extremely funny
[n] a state of disorder involving group violence
[v] engage in boisterous, drunken merry-making; "They were out carousing last night"
[v] take part in a riot; disturb the public peace by engaging in a riot; "Students were rioting everywhere in 1968"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ri"ot, n. [OF. riote, of uncertain origin; cf. OD. revot,
ravot.]
1. Wanton or unrestrained behavior; uproar; tumult.

His headstrong riot hath no curb. --Shak.

2. Excessive and exxpensive feasting; wild and loose
festivity; revelry.

Venus loveth riot and dispense. --Chaucer.

The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day. --Pope.

3. (Law) The tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by an
unlawful assembly of three or more persons in the
execution of some private object.

To run riot, to act wantonly or without restraint.


Ri"ot, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rioted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Rioting.] [OF. rioter; cf. OD. ravotten.]
1. 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. --Daniel.

No pulse that riots, and no blood that glows.
--Pope.

2. (Law) To disturb the peace; to raise an uproar or
sedition. See Riot, n., 3. --Johnson.


Ri"ot, v. t.
To spend or pass in riot.

[He] had rioted his life out. --Tennyson.

Synonyms: bacchanal, bacchanalia, belly laugh, carouse, debauch, debauchery, drunken revelry, howler, orgy, public violence, rioting, roister, saturnalia, scream, sidesplitter, thigh-slapper, wow

See Also: disorder, force, gag, jape, jest, joke, jollify, laugh, make happy, make merry, make whoopie, race riot, racket, rampage, revel, revel, revelry, violence, wassail, wheeze, whoop it up, yak

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