Riot - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈraɪət|  American pronunciation of the word riot
Brit.  |ˈraɪət|  British pronunciation of the word riot


- a public act of violence by an unruly mob
- a state of disorder involving group violence (syn: rioting)
- a joke that seems extremely funny (syn: howler, scream, sidesplitter, thigh-slapper, wow)
- a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity (syn: bacchanal, bacchanalia, debauch, debauchery, orgy, saturnalia)


- take part in a riot; disturb the public peace by engaging in a riot
- engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking (syn: carouse, roister)


The news about the election caused a riot in the city.

A lot of property was damaged in the recent riots.

The woods are a riot of color in the autumn.

The movie was an absolute riot.

Students rioted after their team lost the football game.

A riot breaks out / erupts.

There must be something wrong with people who riot in cruelty to animals.

He rioted away his whole inheritance.

His murder triggered vicious race riots (=caused by a problem between different races).

police wearing riot gear (=the special clothing and equipment worn by police officers during a riot)

police in bullet-proof vests and carrying riot shields (=a piece of very hard plastic which police officers stand behind to protect them)

University students rioted in protest at tuition fees.

Students were rioting everywhere in 1968

Police tried to restore calm after the riot.

...a firebrand who urged crowds to riot during the blackouts...

Word forms

I/you/we/they: riot
he/she/it: riots
present participle: rioting
past tense: rioted
past participle: rioted
singular: riot
plural: riots
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