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riotous

[rahy-uh-tuh s] /ˈraɪ ə təs/
adjective
1.
(of an act) characterized by or of the nature of rioting or a disturbance of the peace.
2.
(of a person) inciting or taking part in a riot.
3.
given to or marked by unrestrained revelry; loose; wanton:
riotous living.
4.
boisterous or uproarious:
riotous laughter.
5.
hilariously funny.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see riot, -ous
Related forms
riotously, adverb
riotousness, noun
unriotous, adjective
unriotously, adverb
unriotousness, noun
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  • Life cannot be sanctioned by vengeful actions or riotous demonstrations.
  • Each car is pierced with dozens of light rods that blink in riotous colors.
  • It prompted riotous scenes in parliament and a media whirl.
  • The literature though made for an absolutely riotous read.
  • Inevitably, this disrespect and disdain of uninvolved persons and their properties will soon evolve into riotous mayhem.
  • He enjoyed telling off a district attorney as much as telling a riotous story in chambers.
  • You're free to bequeath it to a home for incorrigible cats or squander it on riotous living.
  • And she brought home riotous stories of her adventures.
  • Then,-one mischief at a time,-this riotous time-destroying crew disappear.
  • But once you get past the riotous red hair, his style is understated.
British Dictionary definitions for riotous

riotous

/ˈraɪətəs/
adjective
1.
proceeding from or of the nature of riots or rioting
2.
inciting to riot
3.
characterized by wanton or lascivious revelry: riotous living
4.
characterized by boisterous or unrestrained merriment: riotous laughter
Derived Forms
riotously, adverb
riotousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for riotous
adj.

mid-14c., "troublesome, wanton, extravagant," from Old French riotos "argumentative, quarrelsome," from riote (see riot (n.)). Meaning "tumultuous, turbulent" is mid-15c. Related: Riotously; riotousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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