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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
full-scale attack/war/riot etc
quell the violence/disturbance/riot etc
▪ Police used live ammunition to quell the disturbances.
race riot
riot police
▪ Riot police moved in with tear gas.
riot police
▪ Riot police fired tear gas into the crowd.
▪ No, it was just my imagination running riot.
▪ He was running riot, switching off lights and knocking things over.
▪ Cov giving up, Leeds running riot.
▪ Conflict with the police led to serious riots at Birkenhead and Belfast during the campaign against the Means Test in 1932.
▪ The serious provincial riots in April-June last year in Xian, Changsha and Chengdu all involved large numbers of rural unemployed.
▪ Throughout 1954 there were a number of anti-Hashemite demonstrations, culminating in serious riots in Jerusalem, Ramallah and even Amman.
▪ The jail was hit by a serious riot last year - following another in 1988.
▪ In 1932 there were violent demonstrations, several of them leading to serious riots.
▪ The 1980s saw urban riots on a scale unprecedented in peacetime twentieth-century Britain.
▪ Nearly all gone now, worse luck, and the guv'nor's arrived to read the riot act.
▪ One approach was to read these young people the riot act and let them repent or retreat.
▪ Afterwards, Waziri would read the riot act in Kinyankole, the smoke from the matooke grates swirling behind him.
▪ He then proceeded to read the riot act to his headstrong brother.
▪ After reining in the regional barons and tackling the business oligarchs, Mr Putin read the riot act to the generals.
▪ What good were riot acts being read?
▪ With the continuation of the disorders into 1968, the administration shifted its emphasis - to that of riot control.
▪ A team in riot gear went into Glentworth House, Netherfields, on Wednesday night to arrest a 29-year-old man.
▪ Police in riot gear in turn fired. 37-caliber rubber bullets and beanbag weapons.
▪ Warders in riot gear stormed the room after four hours and marched the 12 protesters to a segregation block.
▪ Police, many in riot gear, later separated the gangs.
▪ Almost 1,000 officers, many in riot gear, were needed to restore order.
▪ Police equipped with riot gear were called to the scene.
▪ Police, with riot gear on standby, were called in just after 1am this morning.
▪ Two dozen boys in blue arrive in full riot gear.
▪ Five hundred riot police now patrol the streets.
▪ As two months before, the students were no match for the riot police.
▪ The catalyst for the demonstrations was the beating to death of a student demonstrator by riot police.
▪ He manages a hotel unhappily located across from the cathedral where workers and riot police have staged nightly confrontations.
▪ The shopping centre was burned down, riot police were brought in and about 30 people were injured in clashes.
▪ Then a raid by about 200 riot police ended her nine-day protest.
Police helicopters hovered and riot police were posted around the square and nearby side streets.
▪ Riots and Disorder To the general public, the most noticeable symptom of the penal crisis is of course the prison riot.
▪ They must have felt like wardens in a prison riot.
▪ Strangeways rioters sentenced Eleven men have been jailed for up to ten years each for their part in the Strangeways prison riot.
▪ Laramie Avenue in Cicero, where the Danley plant is, would be a good place for a prison riot.
▪ Indeed, it was explicit in its judgment that the Public Order Act had made a new offence of prison riot unnecessary.
▪ In 1989, there were just 43, which is about the same as the number of prison riots.
▪ The government wanted to break up this system, which, it claimed, encouraged prison riots.
▪ It was supposed to be a prison riot, but it looked more like an encore from the hottest show on Broadway.
▪ Apart from politically inspired race riots in the early 1960s, rarely did Black people behave badly towards us.
▪ From her seat above the town, Clappe watches the race riot.
▪ Notting Hill Carnival began unofficially in 1959 as a response to the the previous year's race riots.
▪ In 1967, the nation was traumatized by race riots in a number of major cities.
▪ Now however, a miniature version of the race riot that Gallagher had predicted exploded on campus.
▪ Metal riot shields were introduced in 1970.
▪ Other demonstrators have managed to draw pink hearts on most of the riot shields.
▪ And loyalists claim a second inmate was blinded for 48 hours after riot squad prison officers turned high-powered hose on his face.
▪ Special riot squads were ordered in from outside the city to deal with the gangs.
▪ Please also note General Exclusion 7b - no cover is provided for loss or damage caused by riots or civil commotion.
▪ That was when Turnberry George tried to show his movie, which damn near caused a riot.
▪ Similarly discretion not to prosecute is sometime based on grounds irrelevant to our purpose, e.g. that prosecution will cause widespread riots.
▪ A play like this, back home, would cause riots.
▪ He has blamed the police for causing the May Day riot, siding with the Front.
▪ Attempts to lynch black prisoners continued to cause jailhouse riots in 1919.
▪ The rooms are full now and if I crowd the place any more it could cause a riot.
▪ For me personally, the only physical discomfort caused by the riots was having to drive around roadblocks.
▪ In 1932 there were violent demonstrations, several of them leading to serious riots.
▪ In many of the incidents leading to riots, police action was a precipitant.
▪ It was said that armed mounted troopers were grouped outside the oval to quell a possible riot.
▪ To quell a riot, she kept a sympathetic hand on the manager's arm while the young boy repeated her instructions.
▪ Nearly all gone now, worse luck, and the guv'nor's arrived to read the riot act.
▪ Afterwards, Waziri would read the riot act in Kinyankole, the smoke from the matooke grates swirling behind him.
▪ He then proceeded to read the riot act to his headstrong brother.
▪ After reining in the regional barons and tackling the business oligarchs, Mr Putin read the riot act to the generals.
▪ The acquittal, however, did not spark riots, as had the King case.
▪ It all seemed to have started with that riot in the Ealing Road.
▪ There were not enough of them to start a riot.
▪ She'd started many a riot back home, had been the cause of endless trouble between the Heskeths and their neighbours.
Riot police used tear gas against the protestors.
Riots erupted in the capital after police banned two anti-government demonstrations.
▪ A riot broke out after a police shooting of a local man.
▪ A peaceful rally turned into a riot after police fired into the crowd.
▪ Altogether the riots cost 130 lives and well over $700 million in property damage.
▪ Five days of rioting followed the police shooting of student leaders.
▪ Four days of unrest and anti-government riots left at least three people dead.
▪ In 1943 there were violent race riots in Detroit in which 25 black people died.
▪ Isn't that a riot?
▪ More than 150 officers battled to end the riots outside the embassy.
▪ Racial tension boiled over in the inner city riots which spread across the nation last week.
▪ The army was called in to put down the riots.
▪ the student riots in Paris in the 1960s
▪ There were riots in several cities after it was announced that the price of bread would rise by 200%.
▪ This guy is a riot.
▪ A riot in a drab housing project outside Paris leaves one participant on his deathbed, a victim of police brutality.
▪ And loyalists claim a second inmate was blinded for 48 hours after riot squad prison officers turned high-powered hose on his face.
▪ At least 300 people were killed during the weeklong riots.
▪ By the time the riot was brought under control, the white bus was already back in Dresden.
▪ Police, many in riot gear, later separated the gangs.
▪ The violent communal riots of 1969 precipitated his resignation as Prime Minister in 1970.
▪ Wasn't there three thousand men in Tipperary last Saturday in a riot for work, outside this very building.
▪ Gangs of youths rioted for two nights on the streets of the capital.
▪ Hundreds of prisoners rioted on April 1 in the overcrowded prison.
▪ Prisoners in several jails have rioted in protest at their appalling conditions.
▪ At the time of the shooting the students were not rioting or causing civil disruption.
▪ In July 1834, rioting against abolitionists in New York City resulted in mass destruction of the black section.
▪ In the end, I think, they did not know how to riot.
▪ Investors have been a tad nervous since indigenous people rioted for several days in March.
▪ Some, as you know, seek revenge - they riot, they take drugs and generally make damned nuisances of themselves.
▪ The congress called on the government to reopen schools and Niamey University, closed following rioting on Feb. 27.
▪ When the pyramids began to collapse, crowds rioted throughout the small country and opposition activists demanded that the government step down.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

  2. Excessive and exxpensive feasting; wild and loose festivity; revelry.

    Venus loveth riot and dispense.

    The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day.

  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.


Riot \Ri"ot\, v. t. To spend or pass in riot.

[He] had rioted his life out.


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.

    No pulse that riots, and no blood that glows.

  2. (Law) To disturb the peace; to raise an uproar or sedition. See Riot, n.,

  3. --Johnson.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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. Compare 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.\n

\nRun 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.


late 14c., "behave in a dissolute manner, engage in loose revelry," from Old French rioter "chatter, dispute, quarrel," from riote (see riot (n.)). Meaning "take part in a public disturbance" is from 1755. Related: Rioted; rioting.


n. 1 wanton or unrestrained behavior; uproar; tumult. 2 The tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by an unlawful assembly of three or more persons in the execution of some private object. 3 Excessive and expensive feasting; wild and loose festivity; revelry. vb. 1 To create or take part in a riot; to raise an uproar or sedition. 2 (context obsolete English) To act in an unrestrained or wanton manner; to indulge in excess of luxury, feasting, etc.

  1. n. 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]

  1. v. 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]


A riot is a form of civil disorder commonly characterized by a group lashing out in a violent public disturbance against authority, property or people. Riots typically involve vandalism and the destruction of property, public or private. The property targeted varies depending on the riot and the inclinations of those involved. Targets can include shops, cars, restaurants, state-owned institutions, and religious buildings.

Riots often occur in reaction to a perceived grievance or out of dissent. Historically, riots have occurred due to poor working or living conditions, governmental oppression, taxation or conscription, conflicts between ethnic groups, ( race riot) or religions ( sectarian violence, pogrom), the outcome of a sporting event ( football hooliganism) or frustration with legal channels through which to air grievances.

While individuals may attempt to lead or control a riot, riots typically consist of disorganized groups that are frequently "chaotic and exhibit herd behavior." However, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that riots are not irrational, herd-like behavior, but actually follow inverted social norms.

T. S. Ashton, in his study of food riots among colliers, noted that "the turbulence of the colliers is, of course, to be accounted for by something more elementary than politics: it was the instinctive reaction of virility to hunger." Charles Wilson noted, "Spasmodic rises in food prices provoked keelmen on the Tyne to riot in 1709, tin miners to plunder granaries at Falmouth in 1727."

Today, some rioters have an improved understanding of the tactics used by police in riot situations. Manuals for successful rioting are available on the internet, with tips such as encouraging rioters to get the press involved, as there is more safety and attention with the cameras rolling. Citizens with video cameras may also have an effect on both rioters and police.

Dealing with riots is often a difficult task for police forces. They may use tear gas or CS gas to control rioters. Riot police may use less-than-lethal methods of control, such as shotguns that fire flexible baton rounds to injure or otherwise incapacitate rioters for easier arrest.

Riot (Telenet Japan)

The Riot subsidiary of Telenet Japan was best known for employing graphic artist and later director Eiji Kikuchi, and music composer Michiko Naruke.

It came into existence in 1991 when Telenet Japan was expanding in the country. However, because Telenet was starting to lose sales in 1993, it went through extensive restructuring which resulted in the closing of a few subsidiaries, including the Riot subsidiary. Some staff involved were transferred to another subsidiary, Wolfteam.

Category:Companies established in 1991 Category:1991 establishments in Japan

Riot (Three Days Grace song)

"Riot" is the fourth single from the album One-X by Three Days Grace. The song is about protesting against the negative things in life and was inspired by vocalist Adam Gontier's anger when he was in rehab for OxyContin addiction. The song was also featured in the video game WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 as an edited version.

The song also contains the word "fuck". It is unusual for the band's lyrics to have profanity (the only others containing profanity are "Overrated", "Wake Up", and "Gone Forever"), and it's also unusual that nowhere that this album is sold does it give explicit warnings for the song. During radio play, the line "If you feel so filthy, so dirty, so fucked up", "fucked" is replaced with "messed", and in the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 video game, the word "fuck" in that line is backmasked so that it sounds somewhat like "if you feel so filthy, so dirty, so huffed up".

It charted at number 65 in Canada, and number 12 and 21 on the US Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts respectively.

Riot (developer)

Riot was one of Nihon Telenet's in-house development teams. They were mainly responsible for the ports of several Telenet games on the PC Engine, such as Browning, Valis, Exile (also known as XZR) and Xak I & II.

Riot (disambiguation)

A riot is a form of civil disorder.

Riot may also refer to:

Riot (1997 film)

Riot is a 1997 American television movie starring Luke Perry, Mario Van Peebles, and Lucy Liu. It was written and directed by four writers and directors of four different racial groups prominent in Los Angeles. The title riot is the Los Angeles riots of 1992 that were sparked by the beating of Rodney King, and the subsequent acquittal of the four police officers who beat him.

Riot (1969 film)

Riot is a 1969 American drama film directed by Buzz Kulik and starring Gene Hackman and Jim Brown.

Riot (novel)

Riot is an historical novel based upon the Pressed Steel Car Strike of 1909 by William Trautmann, a founder of the United States Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Riot (DC Comics)

Riot is the name of two different characters in DC Comics.

Riot (Bullet for My Valentine song)

"Riot" is a song by Welsh heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine. The single "Riot" is included on their 4th studio album " Temper Temper". It was featured in the video game NHL 14.

Riot (TV series)

Riot is a 2014 comedy television series from Fox Broadcasting Company and based upon the Australian Slide Show television series, itself based upon the Arthur-created French program Vendredi tout est permis ("On Fridays, Anything Goes with Arthur", aka Anything Goes), where two teams of celebrities competed in a number of challenges and games, including one on a huge set that tilts at 22½ degrees. Hosted by Rove McManus, weekly episode "guest" captains include a rotating set of actors, with Andy Buckley and Steve Carell "captaining" the premiere episode. Riot was canceled by Fox on June 12, 2014.

Riot (video game)

Riot is an upcoming indie video game about a riot simulator based on real events. Although the game had a Kickstarter campaign which ended in a success, it did not release in 2013 as planned. The developers went silent until late 2014, which they gave the date of release as "Early 2015". It was later moved to "Late 2015". After the game was postponed two more times, the developers gave the release date as "April 2016". Another update had moved the release date to "Summer 2016", but was recently delayed again in a twitter post, saying that "it's probably not the case (being sometime after the end of Summer)". The director of the game and previously an editor and cinematographer at Valve, Leonard Menchiari, has experienced riots personally and the game "Riot" was created as a way to express it and to tell the stories of these fights. The player can pick between playing as police or rioters. The game will be released in PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. The producers are interested in bringing the game to how many platforms it is possible, but they can only support a certain number with the current budget.

RIOT (operating system)

RIOT is a small operating system for networked, memory-constrained systems with a focus on low-power wireless Internet of Things (IoT) devices. It is open-source software, released under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).

Riot (Mandy Rain song)

"Riot" is the second single by American recording artist Mandy Rain. Riot was written by Mandy Rain, Abram Dean, Brandyn Burnette, Danny “DJ” Score, and Isaac Hasson and produced by Isaac Hansson. Riot was released on iTunes on January 23, 2014 and to all other digital retailers on January 31, 2014 under Empire Records.

Riot (EP)

Riot is the debut extended play by American recording artist Mandy Rain. The album was released on January 27, 2015 through Empire Distribution. The extended play was preceded with two singles: " Riot" (released on January 23, 2014) and "Dare to Love" (released on September 26, 2014).

Riot (Rascal Flatts song)

"Riot" is a song written by Jaron Boyer and Sara Haze, and recorded by American country music group Rascal Flatts. It is the third single from their 2014 album Rewind.

Usage examples of "riot".

The latter privilege was deemed to have been abridged by city officials who acted in pursuance of a void ordinance which authorized a director of safety to refuse permits for parades or assemblies on streets or parks whenever he believed riots could thereby be avoided and who forcibly evicted from their city union organizers who sought to use the streets and parks for the aforementioned purposes.

Bundesgrenzschutz a force of West German riot police who guard airports, embassies and the border and an elderly Englishman in a curious nautical uniform worn by the British Frontier Service, which acts as guides for ail British army patrols on land, air and river.

The yard was filled with weeds and trash, along with a riot of sumac and ailanthus bushes and a pair of dead oaks.

It was a scene from a vision of Fuseli, and over all the rest reigned that riot of luminous amorphousness, that alien and undimensioned rainbow of cryptic poison from the well--seething, feeling, lapping, reaching, scintillating, straining, and malignly bubbling in its cosmic and unrecognizable chromaticism.

Jersey City ordinance requiring the obtaining of a permit for a public assembly in or upon the public streets, highways, public parks, or public buildings of the city and authorizing the director of public safety, for the purpose of preventing riots, disturbances, or disorderly assemblage, to refuse to issue a permit when after investigation of all the facts and circumstances pertinent to the application he believes it to be proper to refuse to issue a permit.

On the floor between the seats lay an Ithaca riot gun--a short, 12-gauge shotgun holding eight double-ought buckshot shells--that Bluey had bought from Spike.

FGHJs and riot speaking at all, Cha Thrat was able search the dormitory much more quickly, but with the same negative result.

Lounging around a noisy Chicano bar in the middle of a communist riot?

They come along every few ten-nights, that is the well-omened ones do, if ye believe in that star-gazing foolishness, and the apprentices quit work to riot in the streets and the dasht stages a big party for his court with a circus for the common folk.

Elected Tribune 150 Brings forward an Agrarian Law 150 Opposition of the landowners 150 The Tribune Octavius puts his veto upon it 150 Deposition of Octavius 151 The Agrarian Law enseted 151 Three Commissioners elected 151 Distribution of the treasures of Pergamus among the Roman people 151 Renewed opposition to Tiberius 151 He becomes a candidate for the Tribunate a second time 151 Riots 152 Death of Tiberius 152 132.

Dogtails and Hard Fescue, Fiorin and Clover, not to mention Smooth-stalked Meadow Grass and Perennial Rye Grass grew where it had no business to grow at all thrusting through the cobblestones of the streets, choking the harbors and running riot across the dunes of Ostend and Scheveningen.

One word fotch on nudder twel it look like dey wuz gwineter be a free fight, a rumpus, en a riot.

He led me to the plot where I had thrown The fennel of my days on wasted ground, And in that riot of sad weeds I found The fruitage of a life that was my own.

If Lil had been out all night on the gatter he would have caused a fucking riot.

An improbable sign in the window of My Pet caught his eye: come on in and join our gerbil riot!