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Synonyms for unruly
ʌnˈru li

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. boisterous, rambunctious, robustious, rumbustious, unruly(adj)

    noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline

    "a boisterous crowd"; "a social gathering that became rambunctious and out of hand"; "a robustious group of teenagers"; "beneath the rumbustious surface of his paintings is sympathy for the vulnerability of ordinary human beings"; "an unruly class"

    Synonyms:
    rambunctious, rumbustious, indocile, robustious, disobedient, rough, uncontrollable, boisterous, ungovernable, knockabout, fierce

    Antonyms:
    manageable, orderly, subordinate

  2. disobedient, unruly(adj)

    unwilling to submit to authority

    "unruly teenagers"

    Synonyms:
    rambunctious, rumbustious, indocile, robustious, disobedient, uncontrollable, boisterous, ungovernable

    Antonyms:
    manageable, subordinate, orderly

  3. indocile, uncontrollable, ungovernable, unruly(adj)

    of persons

    "the little boy's parents think he is spirited, but his teacher finds him unruly"

    Synonyms:
    rambunctious, rumbustious, irrepressible, indocile, robustious, disobedient, uncorrectable, uncontrollable, boisterous, ungovernable, unmanageable

    Antonyms:
    subordinate, manageable, orderly

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. unruly

    Balky, mulish, obstinate, and stubborn are synonyms of restive only in an infrequent if not obsolete use; the supposed sense of "tending to rest," "standing stubbornly still," is scarcely supported by any examples, and those cited to support that meaning often fail to do so. The disposition to offer active resistance to control by any means whatever is what is commonly indicated by restive in the best English speech and literature. Dryden speaks of "the pampered colt" as "restiff to the rein;" but the rein is not used to propel a horse forward, but to hold him in, and it is against this that he is "restiff." A horse may be made restless by flies or by martial music, but with no refractoriness; the restive animal impatiently resists or struggles to break from control, as by bolting, flinging his rider, or otherwise. With this the metaphorical use of the word agrees, which is always in the sense of such terms as impatient, intractable, rebellious, and the like; a people restive under despotism are not disposed to "rest" under it, but to resist it and fling it off.

    Synonyms:
    balky, fidgety, fractious, fretful, frisky, impatient, intractable, mulish, mutinous, obstinate, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, resentful, restiff, restive, restless, skittish, stubborn, vicious

    Antonyms:
    docile, gentle, manageable, obedient, passive, peaceable, quiet, submissive, tractable, yielding

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. unruly

    Synonyms:
    ungovernable, unmanageable, refractory

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. unruly(a.)

    Synonyms:
    turbulent, ungovernable, refractory, disobedient, insubordinate, mutinous, riotous, seditious, rebellious

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. unruly(a)

    Synonyms:
    turbulent, ungovernable, refractory, insubordinate, fractious, insurgent, indocile, disobedient, froward, vicious, intractable, rebellious

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    undisciplined, turbulent, wrongful, disorderly

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#15142fierce
#15992vicious
#16417wrongful
#18495restless
#20272turbulent
#24054stubborn
#27763refractory
#27965impatient
#33175rebellious
#39319disorderly
#39714unruly
#40751uncontrollable
#42831intractable
#60245boisterous
#61633frisky
#62649disobedient
#64747unmanageable
#65748resentful
#66176obstinate
#70249recalcitrant
#77881irrepressible
#95129undisciplined
#100787skittish
#101493restive
#101520rambunctious
#111798fidgety
#111963fractious
#166645fretful
#179979ungovernable
#183607mutinous
#191473knockabout
#212583uncorrectable
#228084balky

How to use unruly in a sentence?

  1. Layne Watson:

    The customer was restrained and law enforcement officials met the flight at the gate, where all passengers safely deplaned. The unruly customer was held for questioning by law enforcement.

  2. Nicole Perna:

    Chris is currently in Las Vegas as he is performing at Drai's on May 5th and receiving a Key to the Strip that day as well, he has a suite at the hotel that has a basketball court and invited friends to come play. An unruly individual showed up uninvited and was removed from the premises. Chris was not in an altercation with this person.

  3. Emma Briant:

    The current regime of unregulated, unruly, unethical influence companies both makes us unsafe and undermines democratic debate.

  4. Charles Grant.Richard Curtis:

    When I started it, I thought it would last for one year, so, it's turned out to be a very unruly but long-lasting child.

  5. Heather MacDonald:

    The protesters surrounded all the doors to the Atheneum where I was supposed to speak, so none of the students who had signed up to attend my lecture could get in, i was hustled from my guest suite by several police officers from Claremont PD into the lecture hall. It was decided that I would give the speech for live streaming to a largely empty hall. The organizers moved the podium so that it would not be visible through the windows to the students surrounding the building once night fell. We jumpstarted the timing of my talk as the crowd seemed to be getting more unruly.


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