Definition of riotous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrʌɪətəs/


1Marked by or involving public disorder: a riotous crowd
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  • Major economical upheaval caused a riotous outcry from the public for a more efficient government and less waste.
  • Alternatively riotous crowds would try to intimidate local magistrates into fixing acceptable prices, which was seen anyway as nothing less than their duty.
  • The riotous crowd around him swept him along through arcane underground tunnels to a vaulted hall.
1.1Characterized by wild and uncontrolled behaviour: a riotous party
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  • She swore the second night would be much better, that she'd pick some place less wild and riotous.
  • As well as the riotous opening night party, artists were especially grateful for the exposure - and new creative partners - the Expo brought them.
  • On Saturday night, after the match, they tried desperately to be invisible as the riotous celebration party began.
boisterous, lively, loud, noisy, rip-roaring, unrestrained, uninhibited, roisterous, uproarious, unruly, rollicking;
abandoned, orgiastic, debauched, depraved
British informal rumbustious
North American informal rambunctious
archaic robustious
1.2Having a vivid, varied appearance: a riotous display of bright red, green, and yellow vegetables
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  • In 99 Cent, the store bins filled with candy and cookies are ablaze with a riotous display of buy-me colors.
  • 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.
  • But in the museum a colorful, riotous, unrestrained assemblage of ideas is on display.
1.3Hilariously funny: a riotous account of the making of the movie
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  • Relax, recline, become recumbent and ready yourself for this week's riotous, relay of rich regale from the odder and more interesting side of the Net.
  • What are we to make of the riotous subplots which tend to crowd out the ‘main’ line of action?



Pronunciation: /ˈrʌɪətəsli/
Example sentences
  • It can make the audience laugh riotously one moment before chilling them into a somber silence.
  • I was prepared for work that is riotously colorful, highly decorative, masterfully painted, and with a story to tell.
  • The audience seemed bewildered, laughing riotously in fits and starts.


Pronunciation: /ˈrʌɪətəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • I am hoping for some general riotousness this weekend, since Mariella is in town.
  • The replacement of riotousness with seeming respectability would not have reduced the suggestiveness of these images for them.


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

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