Definition of Riotous

1. Adjective. Produced or growing in extreme abundance. "Their riotous blooming"

Exact synonyms: Exuberant, Lush, Luxuriant, Profuse
Similar to: Abundant
Derivative terms: Lushness, Luxuriance, Luxuriate, Profuseness

2. Adjective. Characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination. "A turbulent and unruly childhood"
Exact synonyms: Disruptive, Troubled, Tumultuous, Turbulent
Similar to: Unquiet
Derivative terms: Disrupt, Riot, Tumult, Tumultuousness, Turbulence

3. Adjective. Unrestrained by convention or morality. "Fast women"

Definition of Riotous

1. a. Involving, or engaging in, riot; wanton; unrestrained; luxurious.

Definition of Riotous

1. Adjective. having the characteristics of a riot ¹

2. Adjective. causing, inciting or taking part in a riot ¹

3. Adjective. unrestrained and boisterous; degenerate or dissolute ¹

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Definition of Riotous

1. characterized by rioting [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Riotous

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Literary usage of Riotous

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1. The Documentary History of the State of New-York: Arranged Under Direction by New York (State). Secretary's Office (1851)
"... also informing Governor Wentworth of the riotous Behaviour of Persons within this province claiming Lands under Grants of 'New Hampshire, ..."

2. Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English: Containing Words from the by Thomas Wright (1904)
"ON, ». A boisterous fellow. North. RAMPAGE, v. To be riotous. ... A riotous country fête. Devon. RAM-RAISE, v. To run backward in order to take a good leap. ..."

3. Commentaries on the Laws of England by Herbert Broom, Edward Alfred Hadley, William Wait, William Blackstone (1875)
"The felonious breaches of the peace are strained up to that degree of malignity by the statute law: and particularly, I. The riotous assembling of twelve ..."

4. Coriolanus by William Shakespeare (1891)
"... that is with a riotous body of armed followers. •Scene IX. In the stage direction, instead of 'from one side' and 'from the other side,' the folios have ..."

5. From Harrison to Harding: A Personal Narrative, Covering a Third of a by Arthur Wallace Dunn (1922)
"Before and since that time there have been many riotous occasions in the House of Representatives, but it is to be doubted whether there ever was such wild ..."

6. Harper's New Monthly Magazine by Henry Mills Alden (1883)
"... and the general impression of riotous lines meandering about the gables is further enhanced by startling effects of painting and gilding. ..."

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