The scene is a riot of excess, soaring voice decibels—and precious.
The mob flipped over a news van, tore down two lampposts, and threw rocks and cans; police responded with riot gear and tear gas.
Surging crowds of demonstrators faced off with riot police along a heavily guarded street.
Millions are expected to turn out across the country, and clashes between demonstrators and riot police seem inevitable.
They made one last charge for the airport, and when the riot police blocked them again a melee ensued.
riot and disorder too often characterized the events of that season.
The riot had now changed into open mutiny among these marshmen and miners.
I had cast off all feeling, subdued all anguish to riot in the excess of my despair.
There was a riot in the streets; in one house the poison cup was ready.
Then ensued a scene of riot and carnage such as no human pen, or steel one either, could describe.
c.1200, "debauchery, extravagance, wanton living," from Old French riote (12c.) "dispute, quarrel, (tedious) talk, chattering, argument, domestic strife," also a euphemism for "sexual intercourse," of uncertain origin. Cf. Medieval Latin riota "quarrel, dispute, uproar, riot." Perhaps from Latin rugire "to roar." Meaning "public disturbance" is first recorded late 14c. Meaning "something spectacularly successful" first recorded 1909 in theater slang.
Run riot is first recorded 1520s, a metaphoric extension from Middle English meaning in reference to hounds following the wrong scent. The Riot Act, part of which must be read to a mob before active measures can be taken, was passed 1714 (1 Geo. I, st.2, c.5). Riot girl and alternative form riot grrl first recorded 1992.