- The definition of a riot is a violent uprising or wild disturbance by a crowd, or an outburst or torrent of uncontrolled feelings or emotions.
- Violent protests held in the streets are an example of a riot.
- An offense art exhibit that gets everyone really mad is an example of an art exhibit that causes a riot.
- When you feel a torrent of controlled anger, this is an example of a riot of anger.
- To riot is to take part in violent protests or disturbances or to act in an unrestrained or uncontrolled way.
When you take to the streets in violent protest, this is an example of a time when you riot.
A guard faces a group of rioters.
- wild or violent disorder, confusion, or disturbance; tumult; uproar
- a violent public disturbance of the peace, by a number of persons (specified, in law, usually as three or more) assembled together
- an unrestrained outburst, as of laughter
- a brilliant, vivid display: a riot of color
- Now Rare
- wild, loose living; debauchery
- unrestrained revelry
- a wild, noisy feast or revel
- ☆ Informal an extremely amusing person, thing, or event
Origin of riotMiddle English ; from Old French riote ; from rihoter, to make a disturbance
- to take part in a tumult or disturbance of the peace
- Now Rare
- to live in a wild, loose manner
- to engage in unrestrained revelry
- to indulge without restraint; revel (in something)
Origin of riotME rioten < OFr rihoter
Origin of riotorig. of dogs barking on the wrong scent
- to run wild; act without restraint, control, or discipline
- to grow in luxuriance or profusion
- A wild or turbulent disturbance created by a large number of people.
- Law A violent disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons assembled for a common purpose.
- An unrestrained outbreak, as of laughter or passions.
- A profusion: The garden was a riot of colors in August.
- a. Unrestrained merrymaking; revelry.b. Debauchery.
- Slang An irresistibly funny person or thing: Isn't she a riot?
verbri·ot·ed, ri·ot·ing, ri·ots
- To take part in a riot.
- To live wildly or engage in uncontrolled revelry.
Origin of riotMiddle English, from Old French, dispute, from rioter, to quarrel, perhaps from ruire, to roar, from Latin rūgīre.
(third-person singular simple present riots, present participle rioting, simple past and past participle rioted)
- To create or take part in a riot; to raise an uproar or sedition.
- The nuclear protesters rioted outside the military base.
- Alexander Pope
- No pulse that riots, and no blood that glows.
From Middle English riot (“debauched living, dissipation"), from Old French riote (“debate"). Compare French riotte.