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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RIOT

The riot had now changed into open mutiny among these marshmen and miners.

This man was Hugh; and in every part of the riot, he was seen.

There was a riot in the streets; in one house the poison cup was ready.

I believe you'd raise a riot in the cemetry if you were dead, you would.

It were blasphemy to call this riot the desire for progress for the masses.

But no riot or verbal explosion followed the opening of the door.

If there's likely to be a riot let the Commissioner get his warrant—Heigho!

It was a relief to drown with laughter the riot going on within.

There's been a riot, and some civilian's got hold of an ato-projector.

Because we did not master the riot of our inventions and discoveries.

WORD ORIGIN

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. Cf. 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.

Run 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.

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