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Noun: riot  rI-ut
  1. A public act of violence by an unruly mob
    - public violence
     
  2. A state of disorder involving group violence
    - rioting
     
  3. [informal] A joke that seems extremely funny
    - belly laugh, sidesplitter, howler, thigh-slapper, scream [informal], wow
     
  4. [informal] A very enjoyable or funny person, event or time
    "we had a riot";
    - scream [informal]
     
  5. [archaic] A wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
    - orgy, debauch, debauchery, saturnalia, bacchanal, bacchanalia, drunken revelry
Verb: riot  rI-ut
  1. Take part in a riot; disturb the public peace by engaging in a riot
    "Students were rioting everywhere in 1968"
     
  2. Engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking
    "They were out rioting last night";
    - carouse, roister

Derived forms: rioted, rioting, riots

Type of: disorder, force, gag, jape, jest, joke, jollify, laugh, make happy, make merry, make whoopee [informal], racket, rampage, revel, revelry, run riot, violence, wassail [archaic], whoop it up [informal]

Encyclopedia: Riot, Richard