riotous

  • 1 riotous — ri·ot·ous / rī ə təs/ adj 1: of the nature of a riot riotous conduct 2: participating in a riot a riotous assemblage ri·ot·ous·ly adv ri·ot·ous·ness n …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Riotous — Ri ot*ous, a. [OF. rioteux.] 1. Involving, or engaging in, riot; wanton; unrestrained; luxurious. [1913 Webster] The younger son . . . took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. Luke xv. 13. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 riotous — late 14c., from O.Fr. riotous, from riote (see RIOT (Cf. riot)). Related: Riotously; riotousness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 riotous — [rī′ət əs] adj. [ME < OFr rioteus] 1. a) having the nature of a riot b) engaging in rioting or inciting to riot 2. without restraint; disorderly; boisterous 3. dissolute; profligate [riotous living] …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 riotous — [adj] chaotic, wild anarchic, deranged, disordered, disorderly, disorganized, helterskelter*, insurrectionary, lawless, mutinous, out of control, rampageous, rebellious, rowdy, tumultuous, turbid, turbulent, uncontrolled, unruly, violent; concept …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 riotous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) marked by or involving public disorder. 2) involving wild and uncontrolled behaviour. 3) having a vivid, varied appearance. DERIVATIVES riotously adverb riotousness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 riotous — [[t]ra͟ɪ͟ətəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you say that someone has a riotous lifestyle, you mean that they frequently behave in a excessive and uncontrolled way, for example by eating or drinking too much. [FORMAL] ...aristocrats who wasted… …

    English dictionary

  • 8 riotous — adjective 1 wild, exciting, and uncontrolled: riotous drinking and singing 2 uncontrolled, noisy, and perhaps dangerous: riotous behaviour BrE: Steve was arrested for riotous behaviour the night before his wedding. riotously adverb riotousness… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 riotous — riotously, adv. riotousness, n. /ruy euh teuhs/, adj. 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;… …

    Universalium

  • 10 riotous — ri|ot|ous [ˈraıətəs] adj [usually before noun] formal 1.) noisy, exciting, and enjoyable in an uncontrolled way = ↑wild ▪ a riotous party 2.) noisy or violent, especially in a public place ▪ Their riotous behaviour led to their arrest.… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 riotous — ri|ot|ous [ raıətəs ] adjective 1. ) very lively and noisy: She burst into riotous laughter. 2. ) behaving in a noisy and violent way: The crowd of protestors was becoming riotous. ╾ ri|ot|ous|ly adverb ╾ ri|ot|ous|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 riotous — adjective 1) the demonstration turned riotous Syn: unruly, rowdy, disorderly, uncontrollable, unmanageable, undisciplined, uproarious, tumultuous; violent, wild, ugly, lawless, anarchic Ant: peaceable …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 13 riotous — UK [ˈraɪətəs] / US adjective 1) very lively and noisy She burst into riotous laughter. 2) behaving in a noisy and violent way The crowd was becoming riotous. Derived words: riotously adverb riotousness noun uncountable …

    English dictionary

  • 14 riotous — [ˈraɪətəs] adj 1) very lively and noisy riotous laughter[/ex] 2) behaving in a noisy and violent way The crowd was becoming riotous.[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 15 riotous — ri•ot•ous [[t]ˈraɪ ə təs[/t]] adj. 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… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 riotous — adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. of the nature of a riot ; turbulent b. participating in riot 2. abundant, exuberant < the garden was riotous with flowers > • riotously adverb • riotousness …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 riotous — /ˈraɪətəs/ (say ruyuhtuhs) adjective 1. characterised by or of the nature of rioting, or disturbance of the peace, as actions. 2. inciting to or taking part in a riot, as persons. 3. given to or marked by unrestrained revelry; loose; wanton. 4.… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 riotous — adjective a) having the characteristics of a riot b) causing, inciting or taking part in a riot Syn: ragmatical …

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  • 19 riotous — Synonyms and related words: abandoned, abounding, abundant, affluent, all sufficing, ample, aplenty, boisterous, bottomless, bounteous, bountiful, brawling, breakaway, chaotic, copious, debauched, dense, diffuse, disordered, disorderly,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 riotous — I (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Rebellious] Syn. tumultuous, brawling, disorderly; see rebellious 2 , unruly . 2. [Wanton] Syn. reveling, roistering, dissolute, excessive; see lewd 2 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. disorderly, run amuck, boisterous …

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