Riot

Definition of Riot

Ri´ot
n.1.Wanton or unrestrained behavior; uproar; tumult.
His headstrong riot hath no curb.
- Shak.
2.Excessive and exxpensive feasting; wild and loose festivity; revelry.
Venus loveth riot and dispense.
- Chaucer.
The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day.
- Pope.
3.(Law) The tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by an unlawful assembly of three or more persons in the execution of some private object.
To run riot
to act wantonly or without restraint.
v. i.1.To engage in riot; to act in an unrestrained or wanton manner; to indulge in excess of luxury, feasting, or the like; to revel; to run riot; to go to excess.
[imp. & p. p. Rioted; p. pr. & vb. n. Rioting.]
2.(Law) To disturb the peace; to raise an uproar or sedition. See Riot, n., 3.
v. t.1.To spend or pass in riot.
[He] had rioted his life out.
- Tennyson.

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