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Synonyms for riot
ˈraɪ ətri·ot

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. riot

    The essential idea of revolution is a change in the form of government or constitution, or a change of rulers, otherwise than as provided by the laws of succession, election, etc.; while such change is apt to involve armed hostilities, these make no necessary part of the revolution. The revolution by which Dom Pedro was dethroned, and Brazil changed from an empire to a republic, was accomplished without a battle, and almost without a shot. Anarchy refers to the condition of a state when human government is superseded or destroyed by factions or other causes. Lawlessness is a temper of mind or condition of the community which may result in anarchy. Confusion, disorder, riot, and tumult are incidental and temporary outbreaks of lawlessness, but may not be anarchy. Insubordination is individual disobedience. Sedition is the plotting, rebellion the fighting, against the existing government, but always with the purpose of establishing some other government in its place. When rebellion is successful it is called revolution; but there may be revolution without rebellion; as, the English Revolution of 1688. A revolt is an uprising against existing authority without the comprehensive views of change in the form or administration of government that are involved in revolution. Anarchy, when more than temporary disorder, is a proposed disintegration of society, in which it is imagined that social order might exist without government. Slaves make insurrection; soldiers or sailors break out in mutiny; subject provinces rise in revolt. Compare SOCIALISM.

    anarchy, confusion, disintegration, disorder, insubordination, insurrection, lawlessness, mutiny, rebellion, revolt, revolution, sedition, tumult

    authority, command, control, domination, dominion, empire, government, law, loyalty, obedience, order, rule, sovereignty, submission, supremacy

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. riot

    noise, uproar, tumult, fray, outbreak, mutiny, row, revel, disturbance, turbulence

    peace, pacification, sobriety, quiescence, orderliness

Princeton's WordNet

  1. riot, public violencenoun

    a public act of violence by an unruly mob

    orgy, debauch, rioting, bacchanalia, sidesplitter, howler, drunken revelry, scream, public violence, belly laugh, saturnalia, bacchanal, wow, thigh-slapper, debauchery

  2. rioting, riotnoun

    a state of disorder involving group violence

    orgy, debauch, rioting, bacchanalia, sidesplitter, howler, drunken revelry, scream, public violence, belly laugh, saturnalia, bacchanal, wow, thigh-slapper, debauchery

  3. belly laugh, sidesplitter, howler, thigh-slapper, scream, wow, riotnoun

    a joke that seems extremely funny

    public violence, shrieking, orgy, screech, debauch, rioting, thigh-slapper, howler, debauchery, bacchanal, screeching, belly laugh, drunken revelry, saturnalia, sidesplitter, howler monkey, shriek, scream, guffaw, bacchanalia, wow, screaming

  4. orgy, debauch, debauchery, saturnalia, riot, bacchanal, bacchanalia, drunken revelryverb

    a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity

    sidesplitter, bacchanalia, debauch, rioting, howler, orgy, debauchery, drunken revelry, belly laugh, thigh-slapper, bacchant, bacchanal, splurge, drunken reveller, saturnalia, public violence, scream, drunken reveler, wow, binge

  5. riotverb

    take part in a riot; disturb the public peace by engaging in a riot

    "Students were rioting everywhere in 1968"

    roister, carouse

  6. carouse, roister, riotverb

    engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking

    "They were out carousing last night"

    roister, carouse

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. riotnoun

    TUMULT, row, uproar, disturbance, commotion, broil, brawl, outbreak, fray, affray, altercation, squabble, quarrel, strife, MÊLÉE

  2. riotverb

    revel, carouse, luxuriate

  3. riotverb

    be excited, be tumultuous

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. riotnoun

    tumult, uproar, revelry

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "riot":

    anti-riot, riots, rioting, mutiny, unrest, revolt, rioted, disturbance

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How to use riot in a sentence?

  1. Alexander Lukashenko:

    Riot officers were wounded, there are broken arms and legs. These guys were deliberately hit and they have pushed back. Why sob and cry now ? The response will be adequate.

  2. William Penn:

    Passion is the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason.

  3. Carrie Lam:

    Riot activities( have) pushed Hong Kong to the brink of no return.

  4. Steven Sund:

    As soon as they hit the fence line, the fight was on, violent confrontations from the start. They came with riot helmets, gas masks, shields, pepper spray, fireworks, climbing gear — climbing gear ! — explosives, metal pipes, baseball bats. I have never seen anything like it in 30 years of events in Washington.

  5. Doug Norwood:

    They overcharged him, they tried to get him for inciting a riot. The video did not show any of that.

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Translations for riot

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  • عصيان, شغبArabic
  • Krawall, Aufruhr, Tumult, RandaleGerman
  • ταραχήGreek
  • alborotoSpanish
  • شورشPersian
  • mellakka, hulina, mellakoida, rähinä, hulinoidaFinnish
  • émeuteFrench
  • խռովություն, ապստամբությունArmenian
  • cagnara, bordello, tumulto, schiamazzo, gazzarra, parapiglia, subbuglio, bailamme, baccano, trambusto, baraondaItalian
  • 動乱, 暴動, 狼藉, 騒乱Japanese
  • luxuriaLatin
  • revolta, algazarra, tumultuar, tumulto, revoltar, turbulênciaPortuguese
  • восстание, бунт, разгул, беспорядки, мятежRussian
  • kravall, tumult, upprorSwedish
  • అల్లర్లుTelugu

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    A synonym of "kittenish"
    • A. frisky
    • B. serious
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