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Definitions for affray
əˈfreɪaf·fray

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. affray, altercation, fracasnoun

    noisy quarrel

  2. affray, disturbance, fray, rufflenoun

    a noisy fight

Wiktionary

  1. affraynoun

    The act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack.

  2. affraynoun

    A tumultuous assault or quarrel.

  3. affraynoun

    The fighting of two or more persons, in a public place, to the terror of others.

    The affray in the busy marketplace caused great terror and disorder.

  4. affrayverb

    To startle from quiet; to alarm.

  5. affrayverb

    To frighten; to scare; to frighten away.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Affray or Affraymentnoun

    A tumultuous assault of one or more persons upon others; a law term. A battle: in this sense it is written fray.

    Etymology: from the verb.

  2. To AFFRAYverb

    To fright; to terrify; to strike with fear. This word is not now in use.

    Etymology: effrayer, or effriger, Fr. which Gilles Ménage derives from frayer; perhaps it comes from frigus.

    The same to wight he never won’t disclose,
    But when as monsters huge he would dismay,
    Or daunt unequal armies of his foes,
    Or when the flying heavens he would affray. Fairy Queen.

Wikipedia

  1. Affray

    In many legal jurisdictions related to English common law, affray is a public order offence consisting of the fighting of one or more persons in a public place to the terror (in French: à l'effroi) of ordinary people. Depending on their actions, and the laws of the prevailing jurisdiction, those engaged in an affray may also render themselves liable to prosecution for assault, unlawful assembly, or riot; if so, it is for one of these offences that they are usually charged.

ChatGPT

  1. affray

    An affray is a public disorder or disturbance involving acts of violence between two or more individuals. It usually refers to an instance of fighting in a public space that disturbs the peace. In legal terms, it's a criminal offense.

  2. affray

    Affray is a legal term referring to a public disorder or disturbance involving fighting, violence, or aggressive behavior between two or more people, which causes fear or alarm to bystanders or the public. It is considered a criminal offense in many jurisdictions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Affrayverb

    to startle from quiet; to alarm

  2. Affrayverb

    to frighten; to scare; to frighten away

  3. Affrayverb

    the act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack

  4. Affrayverb

    alarm; terror; fright

  5. Affrayverb

    a tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl; a fray

  6. Affrayverb

    the fighting of two or more persons, in a public place, to the terror of others

  7. Etymology: [OE. afraien, affraien, OF. effreer, esfreer, F. effrayer, orig. to disquiet, put out of peace, fr. L. ex + OHG. fridu peace (akin to E. free). Cf. Afraid, Fray, Frith inclosure.]

Wikidata

  1. Affray

    In many legal jurisdictions related to English common law, affray is a public order offence consisting of the fighting of two or more persons in a public place to the terror of ordinary people. Depending on their actions, and the laws of the prevailing jurisdiction, those engaged in an affray may also render themselves liable to prosecution for assault, unlawful assembly, or riot; if so, it is for one of these offences that they are usually charged.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Affray

    af-frā′, n. a fight causing alarm: a brawl or fray: terror (Spens.).—v.t. to startle: to frighten: esp. in pa.p. Affrayed′ = afraid. [O. Fr. afrayer, esfreer (Fr. effrayer)—Low L. exfrediāre, to break the king's peace—L. ex, and Old High Ger. fridu (Ger. friede), peace.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of affray in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of affray in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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