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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Riot

RI'OT, noun

1. In a general sense, tumult; uproar; hence technically, in law, a riotous assembling of twelve persons or more, and not dispersing upon proclamation.

The definition of riot must depend on the laws. In Connecticut, the assembling of three persons or more, to do an unlawful act by violence against the person or property of another, and not dispersing upon proclamation, is declared to be a riot In Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the number necessary to constitute a riot is twelve.

2. Uproar; wild and noisy festivity.

3. Excessive and expensive feasting. 2 Peter 2:13.

4. Luxury.

The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed today.

To run riot to act or move without control or restraint.

RI'OT, verb intransitive

1. To revel; to run to excess in feasting, drinking or other sensual indulgences.

2. To luxuriate; to be highly excited.

No pulse that riots, and no blood that glows.

3. To banquet; to live in luxury; to enjoy.

How base is the ingratitude which forgets the benefactor, while it is rioting on the benefit!

4. To raise an uproar or sedition.