Word of the Day – Riotous

By July 2, 2020Word of the Day

Riotous (adj)

ry-ut-us

Marked by or involving public disorder or rowdy behaviour.

Middle English (in the sense ‘troublesome’): from Old French, from riote

Example sentences

“The riotous behaviour showed no signs of abating.”

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