Ri"ot (?), n. [OF. riote, of uncertain origin; cf. OD. revot, ravot.]


Wanton or unrestrained behavior; uproar; tumult.

His headstrong riot hath no curb. Shak.


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.


© Webster 1913.

Ri"ot (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rioted; p. pr. & vb. n. Rioting.] [OF. rioter; cf. OD. ravotten.]


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.



© Webster 1913.

Ri"ot, v. t.

To spend or pass in riot.

[He] had rioted his life out. Tennyson.


© Webster 1913.

Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.