Adjective "riotous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Marked by or involving public disorder.
  1. 'Under Nicholas I this practice became widespread; arson, crimes by civilians in the company of soldiers, and riotous behaviour by peasants in the presence of military guards were among the cases handled by the army courts.'
  2. 'For example, not permitting drunken, violent or riotous behaviour is in the 1927 Liquor Act - it has just never been enforced.'
  3. 'Instead of ancient Persia, the action here is set in contemporary New York already overrun with riotous violence.'
  4. 'Alternatively riotous crowds would try to intimidate local magistrates into fixing acceptable prices, which was seen anyway as nothing less than their duty.'
  5. 'Police emerged, many with nightsticks, many on horseback, and, in order to prevent what they perceived as the beginnings of a riotous attack on City Hall, they began beating those protesters who were attempting to march south.'
  6. 'Lincoln reviewed recent riotous incidents, beginning with the Vicksburg gamblers, moving to Madison County's purported slave insurrection, and ending with McIntosh's grisly death.'
  7. 'As well as the riotous opening night party, artists were especially grateful for the exposure - and new creative partners - the Expo brought them.'
  8. 'At press time, the band were hesitant to offer any previews, but if their riotous live shows have been any indication, the faint of heart may want to think about updating their life-insurance policies.'
  9. 'A riotous round of applause arose from the crowd, congratulating Will.'
  10. 'His London gigs are particularly riotous affairs, I remark, and am rewarded with a proper beaming smile.'
  11. 'She swore the second night would be much better, that she'd pick some place less wild and riotous.'
  12. 'In her riotous large-scale paintings, flat vivid colors and explosive splash patterns bound and swirl, slipping giddily toward the edges as if daring the canvas to contain them.'
  13. 'In 99 Cent, the store bins filled with candy and cookies are ablaze with a riotous display of buy-me colors.'
  14. 'What are we to make of the riotous subplots which tend to crowd out the ‘main’ line of action?'


1. (of an act) characterized by or of the nature of rioting or a disturbance of the peace.

2. (of a person) inciting or taking part in a riot.

3. given to or marked by unrestrained revelry; loose; wanton: riotous living.

4. boisterous or uproarious: riotous laughter.

5. hilariously funny.

More examples(as adjective)

"behaviours can be riotous."

"livings can be riotous."

"crowds can be riotous."

"parties can be riotous."

"assemblies can be riotous."

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Middle English (in the sense ‘troublesome’): from Old French, from riote (see riot).