riot
ri·ot 1 n: a disturbance of the peace created by an assemblage of usu. three or more people acting with a common purpose and in a violent and tumultuous manner to the terror of the public; also: the crime of rioting
riot 2 vi: to create or engage in a riot
ri·ot·er n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

riot
I noun affray, bedlam, brawl, breach of the peace, broil, commotion, confusion, disorder, disorderliness, disturbance, ferment, fracas, fray, furor, hubbub, insurgence, insurrection, lawlessness, melee, outbreak, outburst, pandemonium, rebellion, revolt, row, rumpus, shindy, tumult, tumultus, turba, turmoil, unruliness, uprising, uproar, wild confusion associated concepts: disturbing the peace, inciting a riot II index anarchy, belligerency, bluster (commotion), brawl (noun), brawl (verb), disorder (lack of order), embroilment, fracas, imbroglio, insurrection, outbreak, pandemonium, rebel, rebellion, sedition

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


riot
n.
A violent uprising by a large group of people.
v.
riot

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


riot
a criminal offence in England under the Public Order Act 1986 if 12 or more persons use or threaten to use unlawful violence for a common purpose, causing people to fear for their safety. For Scotland, See mobbing.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


riot
1) A turbulent and violent disturbance of peace by three or more people acting together.
2) An assemblage of people who are out of control, causing injury, or endangering the physical safety of others or themselves, causing or threatening damage to property, and often violating various laws both individually and as a group. The common thread is that the people in a riot have the power through violence to break the public peace and safety, requiring police action.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


riot
A disturbance of the peace by several persons, assembled and acting with a common intent in executing a lawful or unlawful enterprise in a violent and turbulent manner.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


riot
A disturbance of the peace by several persons, assembled and acting with a common intent in executing a lawful or unlawful enterprise in a violent and turbulent manner.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

riot
n.
   1) technically a turbulent and violent disturbance of peace by three or more people acting together.
   2) an assemblage of people who are out of control, causing injury or endangering the physical safety of others and/or themselves, causing or threatening damage to property and often violating various laws both individually and as a group. The common thread is that the people in a riot have the power through violence to break the public peace and safety, requiring police action. Often a riot is declared after the crowd has been informed by police officers that the people constitute an "unlawful assembly" and are ordered to "disperse" immediately (historically in England called "reading the riot act"). If the crowd does not disperse, its members become subject to arrest for the crime of rioting, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest or other separate crimes ranging from assault to unlawful possession of firearms.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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