Riotous Ri"ot*ous, a. [OF. rioteux.] 1. Involving, or engaging in, riot; wanton; unrestrained; luxurious. [1913 Webster]

The younger son . . . took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. --Luke xv. 13. [1913 Webster]

2. Partaking of the nature of an unlawful assembly or its acts; seditious. [1913 Webster] -- {Ri"ot*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Ri"ot*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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