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affray, altercation, fracasnoun
affray, disturbance, fray, rufflenoun
a noisy fight
The act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack.
A tumultuous assault or quarrel.
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.
To startle from quiet; to alarm.
To frighten; to scare; to frighten away.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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.
to startle from quiet; to alarm
to frighten; to scare; to frighten away
the act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack
alarm; terror; fright
a tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl; a fray
the fighting of two or more persons, in a public place, to the terror of others
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.]
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
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.]
The numerical value of affray in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of affray in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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