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(noun) 
Definition
a disturbance made by an unruly mob
Twelve cars were destroyed during the riot.
Synonyms
disturbance
During the disturbance, three men were hurt.
,
row
‘Whatever is that row?’ she demanded.
,
disorder
He called on the authorities to stop public disorder.
,
confusion
The rebel leader seems to have escaped in the confusion.
,
turmoil
a year of political turmoil
,
quarrel
I had a terrible quarrel with my other brothers.
,
upheaval
a prolonged period of political upheaval
,
fray
Today he entered the fray on the side of the moderates.
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strife
The boardroom strife at the company is far from over.
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uproar
The announcement caused uproar in the crowd.
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turbulence
a region often beset by religious turbulence
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commotion
He heard a terrible commotion outside.
, ,
street fighting
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tumult
the recent tumult in global financial markets
,
donnybrook
,
mob violence
(noun) 
Definition
a dazzling display
The garden was a riot of colour.
Synonyms
display
He embraced it with such confidence and display.
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show
the Chelsea flower show
, ,
flourish
with a flourish of church bells
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extravaganza
an all-night musical extravaganza
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profusion
a delightful river with a profusion of flowers growing along its banks
(noun) 
Definition
a very amusing person or thing
It was a riot when I introduced my two cousins!
Synonyms
laugh (informal)
Working there's great. It's quite a good laugh actually.
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joke
It was probably just a joke to them, but it wasn't funny to me.
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scream (informal)
He's a scream, isn't he?
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blast (US, slang)
The buzzer suddenly responded in a long blast of sound.
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hoot (informal)
Jana's a hoot, a real character.
,
(noun) 
Definition
an occasion of lively enjoyment
Synonyms
, , ,
festivity
There was a general air of festivity and abandon.
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revelry
The sounds of revelry are getting louder.
, ,
boisterousness
, ,
carousal
(verb) 
Definition
to take part in a riot
They rioted in protest against the government.
Synonyms
rampage
He used a sword to defend his shop from a rampaging mob.
,
take to the streets
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run riot
Rampaging prisoners ran riot through the jail.
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run amok
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run wild
The sheep had run wild.
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go on the rampage
,
fight in the streets
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cause an affray
,
raise an uproar
(verb) 
Synonyms
make merry
Neighbours went out into the streets and made merry together.
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romp
Dogs romped happily in the garden.
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revel
I'm afraid I revelled the night away.
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frolic
Tourists sunbathe and frolic in the ocean.
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cut loose
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carouse
He should stay home with his wife more, instead of going out and carousing with friends.
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paint the town red (informal)
Thousands of football fans painted the town red after the match.
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go on a binge (informal)
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go on a spree
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idiom

See run riot

quotation

A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard [Martin Luther King Jr.Where Do We Go From Here?]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of blast
Definition
a sudden loud sound, such as that made by a trumpet
The buzzer suddenly responded in a long blast of sound.
Synonyms
in the sense of carouse
Definition
to have a merry drinking party
He should stay home with his wife more, instead of going out and carousing with friends.
Synonyms
booze (informal),
imbibe (formal),
pub-crawl (informal, British),
bevvy (dialect),
wassail,
bend the elbow (informal),
go on the piss (taboo, slang)
in the sense of commotion
Definition
noisy disturbance
He heard a terrible commotion outside.

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