rout(redirected from riot, rout, and unlawful assembly)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to riot, rout, and unlawful assembly: rotund
routa group of three or more people proceeding to commit an illegal act.
ROUT, crim. law. A disturbance of the peace by persons assembled together
with an intention to do a thing, which, if executed, would have made them
rioters, and actually making a motion towards the execution of their
2. It generally agrees in all particulars with a riot, except only in this, that it may be a complete offence without the execution of the intended enterprise. Hawk. c. 65, s. 14; 1 Russ. on Cr. 253; 4 Bl. Com. 140; Vin. Abr. Riots, &c., A 2 Com. Dig. Forcible Entry, D 9.