Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling a riot.
  • adj. Participating in or inciting to riot or uproar.
  • adj. Uproarious; boisterous: a riotous party.
  • adj. Dissolute; wanton: riotous living.
  • adj. Abundant or luxuriant: a riotous growth. See Synonyms at profuse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having the characteristics of a riot
  • adj. causing, inciting or taking part in a riot
  • adj. unrestrained and boisterous; degenerate or dissolute

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Involving, or engaging in, riot; wanton; unrestrained; luxurious.
  • adj. Partaking of the nature of an unlawful assembly or its acts; seditious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tumultuous; of the nature of an unlawful assembly; seditious; guilty of riot: as, a riotous mob; a riotous demagogue.
  • Indulging in riot or revelry; accompanied by or consisting in revelry or debauchery; wanton or licentious.
  • Boisterous; uproarious: as, riotous glee.
  • Synonyms See insurrection.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. produced or growing in extreme abundance
  • adj. characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination
  • adj. unrestrained by convention or morality

Etymologies

From riot + -ous. (Wiktionary)

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