[ UK /ɹˈa‍ɪ‍ətəs/ ]
[ US /ˈɹaɪətəs/ ]
  1. characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination
    effects of the struggle will be violent and disruptive
    riotous times
    these troubled areas
    a turbulent and unruly childhood
    the tumultuous years of his administration
  2. unrestrained by convention or morality
    riotous living
    Congreve draws a debauched aristocratic society
    fast women
    deplorably dissipated and degraded
  3. produced or growing in extreme abundance
    their riotous blooming
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How To Use riotous In A Sentence

  • Anti-clerical knights of the shire who wished to disendow the Church, riotous tenants of an unpopular abbey, parishioners who refused to pay their tithes, would often be called The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy
  • It's a typically riotous mix of oompah music-hall cavortings, slurred-pitch Middle Eastern rhapsodising, luxuriously sensuous clarinet love-songs, and stormy collective blasts reminiscent of the 1960s John Coltrane quartet. Gilad Atzmon Orient House Ensemble: The Tide Has Changed
  • It's all set to riotous grime music. Times, Sunday Times
  • In the play s celebrated central act they get riotously tipsy as they await the nocturnal arrival of the Gallic Romeo.
  • ‘Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty’ (Proverbs 23: 20-21 KJV)
  • Shelter, and the usual rude accommodation, supplemented on this occasion by a wandering luti and his vicious-looking baboon, as also a company of riotous charvadars, who insist on singing accompaniments to the luti's soul-harrowing tom-toming till after midnight, are obtained at the caravansarai of Deh Mollah. Around the World on a Bicycle - Volume II From Teheran To Yokohama
  • The riotous crowd around him swept him along through arcane underground tunnels to a vaulted hall.
  • If you like your hard rock randy, riotous, and reeking with basic chording, you'll truly enjoy this journey down the AM / FM Memorial Highway.
  • Riotous tropical-fruit tanginess and molasses spice. Times, Sunday Times
  • riotous times
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