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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Riot  \Ri"ot\,  n.  [OF.  riote,  of  uncertain  origin;  cf  OD  revot, 
  ravot.] 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Riot  \Ri"ot\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Rioted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Rioting}.]  [OF.  rioter;  cf  OD  ravotten.] 
  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. 
 
  Now  he  exact  of  all  wastes  in  delight,  Riots  in 
  pleasure,  and  neglects  the  law.  --Daniel. 
 
  No  pulse  that  riots,  and  no  blood  that  glows. 
  --Pope. 
 
  2.  (Law)  To  disturb  the  peace;  to  raise  an  uproar  or 
  sedition.  See  {Riot},  n.,  3.  --Johnson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Riot  \Ri"ot\,  v.  t. 
  To  spend  or  pass  in  riot. 
 
  [He]  had  rioted  his  life  out  --Tennyson. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  riot 
  n  1:  a  public  act  of  violence  by  an  unruly  mob  [syn:  {public 
  violence}] 
  2:  a  state  of  disorder  involving  group  violence  [syn:  {rioting}] 
  3:  a  joke  that  seems  extremely  funny  [syn:  {belly  laugh},  {sidesplitter}, 
  {howler},  {thigh-slapper},  {scream},  {wow}] 
  4:  a  wild  gathering  involving  excessive  drinking  and 
  promiscuity  [syn:  {orgy},  {debauch},  {debauchery},  {saturnalia}, 
  {bacchanal},  {bacchanalia},  {drunken  revelry}] 
  v  1:  take  part  in  a  riot;  disturb  the  public  peace  by  engaging  in 
  a  riot;  "Students  were  rioting  everywhere  in  1968" 
  2:  engage  in  boisterous,  drunken  merry-making;  "They  were  out 
  carousing  last  night"  [syn:  {carouse},  {roister}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  RIOT,  n.  A  popular  entertainment  given  to  the  military  by  innocent 
  bystanders. 
 
  R.I.P.  A  careless  abbreviation  of  _requiescat  in  pace_,  attesting  to 
  indolent  goodwill  to  the  dead.  According  to  the  learned  Dr  Drigge, 
  however,  the  letters  originally  meant  nothing  more  than  _reductus  in 
  pulvis_. 
 
 




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