riot

A riot is a violent outburst by a crowd. When the principal didn't declare a snow day, even with five inches on the ground already, students rioted, gathering outside and throwing snowballs.

The meaning of riot has stretched over the years. You would say "She is a riot" about a funny or outrageous person. A loud clothing combination might represent a riot of texture and color. When something runs riot, it has been allowed to get out of control.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: riot

1
nv
a state of disorder involving group violence
take part in a riot; disturb the public peace by engaging in a riot
2
nv
a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking
3
n
a joke that seems extremely funny
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: riot
1

n a state of disorder involving group violence

Synonyms:
rioting
Type of:
disorder
a disturbance of the peace or of public order

n a public act of violence by an unruly mob

Synonyms:
public violence
Types:
race riot
a riot caused by hatred for one another of members of different races in the same community
Type of:
force, violence
an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)

v take part in a riot; disturb the public peace by engaging in a riot

“Students were rioting everywhere in 1968”
Type of:
rampage
act violently, recklessly, or destructively
2

n a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity

Synonyms:
bacchanal, bacchanalia, debauch, debauchery, drunken revelry, orgy, saturnalia
Type of:
revel, revelry
unrestrained merrymaking

v engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking

Synonyms:
carouse, roister
Type of:
jollify, make happy, make merry, make whoopie, racket, revel, wassail, whoop it up
celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities
3

n a joke that seems extremely funny

Synonyms:
belly laugh, howler, scream, sidesplitter, thigh-slapper, wow
Type of:
gag, jape, jest, joke, laugh
a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
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