Definition of riotous in English:

riotous

Syllabification: ri·ot·ous
Pronunciation: /ˈrīətəs
 
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adjective

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.
Synonyms
1.1Characterized by wild and uncontrolled behavior: 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.
Synonyms
boisterous, lively, loud, noisy, unrestrained, uninhibited, uproarious, unruly, rollicking, knockabout
informal rambunctious
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?

Origin

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

Derivatives

riotously

adverb
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  • 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.

riotousness

noun
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  • 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.

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