• IPA: /ˈɹaɪ.ɪt/
  • (weak vowel) IPA: /ˈɹaɪ.ət/


  1. Wanton or unrestrained behavior; uproar; tumult.
    • c. 1596–1599, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
      His headstrong riot hath no curb.
  2. The tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by an unlawful assembly of three or more persons in the execution of some private object.
  3. A wide and unconstrained variety.
    • 1921, Edward Sapir, Language ↗
      The human world is contracting not only prospectively but to the backward-probing eye of culture-history. Nevertheless we are as yet far from able to reduce the riot of spoken languages to a small number of "stocks".
    In summer this flower garden is a riot of colour.
  4. (obsolete) Excessive and expensive feasting; wild and loose festivity; revelry.
    • 1387–1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Wyfe of Bathes Tale”, in The Canterbury Tales, [Westminster: William Caxton, published 1478], OCLC 230972125 ↗; republished in [William Thynne], editor, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed, […], [London]: Printed by [Richard Grafton for] Iohn Reynes […], 1542, OCLC 932884868 ↗:
      Venus loveth riot and dispense.
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    • 1733, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Man. […], (please specify ), London: Printed for J[ohn] Wilford, […], OCLC 960856019 ↗:
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riot (riots, present participle rioting; past and past participle rioted)

  1. (intransitive) To create or take part in a riot; to raise#Verb|raise an uproar or sedition.
    The nuclear protesters rioted outside the military base.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To act#Verb|act in an unrestrained or wanton manner; to indulge in excess of feasting#Noun|feasting, luxury, etc.
    • Now he exact of all, wastes in delight, / Riots in pleasure, and neglects the law.
    • 1717, Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard:
      No pulse that riots, and no blood that glows.
    • 1794, Robert Southey, Wat Tyler. A Dramatic Poem. In Three Acts, London: Printed [by J. M‘Creery] for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, […], published 1817, OCLC 362102 ↗, Act I, page 21 ↗:
      Think of the insults, wrongs, and contumelies, / Ye bear from your proud lords—that your hard toil / Manures their fertile fields—you plow the earth, / You sow the corn, you reap the ripen'd harvest,— / They riot on the produce!— [...]
  3. (transitive) To cause#Verb|cause to riot; to throw#Verb|throw into a tumult.
  4. (transitive) To annoy.

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