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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 of riotous
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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  • From one of the rooms below there floated up to her sounds of riotous merriment.

  • The cross was among them the punishment for riotous slaves or their instigators.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • There were no screeching horns, no riotous boys and girls hurling confetti.

    The Fall of a Nation Thomas Dixon
  • You can't have wasted very much in riotous living on this sand-heap.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The words her father had just spoken ran a riotous course through Clara's brain.

    Poor White Sherwood Anderson
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.

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