af·fray /ə-'frā/ n [Middle French affrai effrai fright, disturbance, from affraier effreer to terrify]: a fight between two or more people in a public place that disturbs the peace

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

I noun agitation, altercation, battle, brabble, brawl, brush, clash, combat, commotion, conflict, contestation, disturbance, embroilment, encounter, fight, fisticuffs, fracas, fray, free fight, hand-to-hand fight, melee, passage at arms, pugna, rixa, row, scrimmage, scuffle, set-to, skirmish, sortie, squabble, struggle, tumult, tumultuous assault, tumultus, turmoil, tussle, violence II index altercation, belligerency, collision (dispute), commotion, conflict, confrontation (altercation), disaccord, disturbance, embroilment, fight (battle), fracas, fray, outbreak, outburst, pandemonium, riot, struggle

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

in English criminal law, the use or threat of the use of unlawful violence, causing a person to fear for his safety; defined in the Public Order Act 1986 in terms of the fear caused to a person of reasonable firmness fearing for his safety. Mere words are sufficient, and the offence may be committed in public or private with no other person actually being about.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

n. The voluntary and consensual fighting between two or more individuals in a public place to the terror of onlookers or the disturbance of the peace. There is no affray when a person is unlawfully attacked and resorts to self-defense instead of fleeing.
See also assembly.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A criminal offense generally defined as the fighting of two or more persons in a public place that disturbs others.

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

A criminal offense generally defined as the fighting of two or more persons in a public place that disturbs others.

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

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  • Affray — Af*fray , n. [OE. afrai, affrai, OF. esfrei, F. effroi, fr. OF. esfreer. See {Affray}, v. t.] 1. The act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Alarm; terror; fright. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Affray — Af*fray , v. t. [p. p. {Affrayed}.] [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.] [Archaic] 1. To startle… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • affray — n fray, fight, combat, conflict, *contest Analogous words: *brawl, row, fracas, melee, rumpus: *encounter, skirmish, brush: dispute, *argument, controversy affray vb *frighten …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • affray — (n.) c.1300, state of alarm produced by a sudden disturbance, from O.Fr. effrei, esfrei disturbance, fright, from esfreer (v.) to worry, concern, trouble, disturb, from V.L. *exfridare, lit. to take out of peace, from L. ex out of (see EX (Cf. ex …   Etymology dictionary

  • affray — ► NOUN Law, dated ▪ a breach of the peace by fighting in a public place. ORIGIN from Old French afrayer disturb, startle …   English terms dictionary

  • affray — [ə frā′, afrā′] n. [ME affrai, an attack, alarm < OFr esfrei < esfrëer, to frighten < ML * exfridare < L ex, out of + Gmc base frith , peace] a noisy brawl or quarrel; public fight or riot; breach of the peace vt. [ME affraien <… …   English World dictionary

  • Affray — For the British submarine see HMS Affray (P421) Affray in English Law In English Law, Affray forms part of the Public Order Act 1986 under section 3. The Public Order Act 1986 s.3 states:# A person is guilty of Affray if a person uses or… …   Wikipedia

  • affray — [[t]əfre͟ɪ[/t]] N SING: also no det An affray is a noisy and violent fight, especially in a public place. [FORMAL] Barnstaple crown court was told he caused an affray at a pub in Braunton, Devon... They were convicted of affray and received… …   English dictionary

  • affray — UK [əˈfreɪ] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms affray : singular affray plural affrays legal a noisy argument or fight in a public place …   English dictionary

  • affray — 1. noun a) The act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack. The affray in the busy marketplace caused great terror and disorder. b) A tumultuous assault or quarrel. Syn: fray, brawl, alarm, terror, fright …   Wiktionary

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