"riots" in the noun sense
1. riot, public violence
a public act of violence by an unruly mob
2. rioting, riot
a state of disorder involving group violence
3. belly laugh, sidesplitter, howler, thigh-slapper, scream, wow, riot
a joke that seems extremely funny
4. orgy, debauch, debauchery, saturnalia, riot, bacchanal, bacchanalia, drunken revelry
a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
"riots" in the verb sense
take part in a riot disturb the public peace by engaging in a riot
"Students were rioting everywhere in 1968"
2. carouse, roister, riot
engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking
"They were out carousing last night"
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