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Affray

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun affray:

affrayaltercationfraydisturbance

Definition of the noun affray

What does affray mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: affrays

  1. noisy quarrel
  2. a noisy fight

Alternative definition of the noun affray

noun

  1. The act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack.
  2. A tumultuous assault or quarrel.
  3. The fighting of two or more persons, in a public place, to the terror of others.

Definition of the verb affray

What does affray mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: affrayed | affraying | affrays

  1. To startle from quiet; to alarm.
  2. To frighten; to scare; to frighten away.

Explanation

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 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.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Affray

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Google previewThe Texas Criminal Reports (1898)

Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Court of Criminal Appeals of the State of Texas ...

An affray is a petty offense, and, notwithstanding it is a statutory offense, it can be legally made, by a city ordinance, a municipal offense; and where this has been done, a prosecution and conviction under the city ordinance for the municipal ...

Google previewThe New Universal Parish Officer ... The Fourth Edition, Corrected ... with the Addition of the Four Acts of Parliament Made in the Last Session, Concerning the Highways and Turnpike-roads. By a Gentleman of the Middle Temple (1774)

it is there said, they differ in this, that where an assault is 'out a wrong to the party, an affray is a wrong to the...

Google previewThe Southwestern Reporter (1808)

An affray is a petty offense, and In our opinion a city is authorized, notwithstanding an affray is an offense by statute against the penal laws of the state, to make such offense an offense against the city, by ordinance, and a conviction for a ...

Google previewThe Justice of the Peace, and Parish Officer (1820)

by Richard Burn, Sir George Chetwynd

AN affray is a public offence to the terror of the Icings subjects ; so called ( according to lord Coke) because it qffrighteth and tnaketh men afraid. 3 Inst. 158. From whence it seemeth clearly to follow, that there may be an assault, which will not ...

Google previewEnglish Synonymes (1826)

with copious Illustrations and Explanations drawn from the best writers by George Crabb

A quarrel is indefinite, both as to the cause and the manner in which it is conducted ; an affray is a sudden violent kind of quarrel : a qtiarrel may subsist between two persons from a private difference ; an affray always takes place between ...

Google previewCriminal Litigation Handbook (2007)

by Martin Hannibal, Lisa Mountford

Affray is an offence triable either way. 3. A summary-only offence is an offence that starts and ends its life in the magistrates' court. Summary-only offences are the least serious offences. 4. An indictable-only offence will be tried in the Crown ...

Google previewEnglish Synonymes Explained, in Alphabetical Order (1816)

by George Crabb

A quarrel is indefinite, both as to the cause and the manner in which it is conducted; an affray is a particular kind of quarrel: a quarrel may subsist between two persons from a private difference; an affray always takes lace between many upon ...

Google previewThe Laws and Constitution of England Familiarly Explained: Shewing Their Administration by the Sovereign, Lords, and Commons. Also, the Government of the City of London, by Its Own Magistracy, Etc (1837)

Affray is the fighting of two or more ...

Google previewYour Own Lawyer; Or, How to Keep Out of Trouble (1898)

by Member of the bar

An affray is any fighting in a public place, of two or more people by mutual consent, to the terror of others. It differs from a riot in not being premeditated. Fighting in private is only an assault. Arson. Arson at common law is the malicious and ...

Google previewThe ... Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England; Or, a Commentary Upon Littleton (1817)

Not the Name of the Author Only, But of the Law Itself : Including Also the Notes of Lord Chief Justice Hale and Lord Chancellor Nottingham, and an Analysis of Littleton, Written by an Unknown Hand in 1658 - 9. Concerning high treason, and other pleas of the crown, and criminal causes by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave

An affray is a publique offence to the terrour of the kings fubjećts, and is an English word, and fo called, because it affrighteth and maketh men affraid, and is enquirable in a leet as a common nufans. See the statute of 2 E. 3. c.

Google previewThe parish officer's complete guide ... The fourth edition, with considerable additions, etc (1793)

by John PAUL (Barrister-at-Law)

An affray is a public offence, to the ter; ror of the king's subjects; so called, because it affrighteth and maketh men afraid. It is derived from the French connabhm (or effraj-er, to affright. A constable is not only impowered, press an affray. like ...

Google previewEnglish Synonymes Explained, in Alphabetical Order; with Copious Illustrations and Examples Drawn from the Best Writers. By George Crabb, of Magdalen Hall, Oxford (1818)

A quarrel is indefinite, both as to the cause and the manner in which it is conducted; an affray is a particular kind of quarrel: a quarrel may subsist between two persons from a private difference; an affray always takes F. between many upon ...

Google previewThe law-dictionary (1811)

explaining the rise, progress, and present state, of the English law; defining and interpreting the terms or words of art; and comprising copious information on the subjects of law, trade, and government by Giles Jacob

- AFFRAY, Is derived from the Fr. word effrayer, to" affright, and it formerly meant no more ; as where persons appeared with armour or weapons not ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Pleading and Practice, at Common Law, in Equity, and Under the Various Codes and Practice Acts (1896)

by William Henry Michael, William Mack, Howard Pervear Nash, Thomas Edward O'Brien, James Cockcroft

good and peaceable citizens then and there being, an affray did make by then and there voluntarily fighting with each other; 1 and the said John Doe and the said Richard Roe did then and there unlawfully assault, beat, bruise, wound, and ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Etymology (1859)

by Hensleigh Wedgwood

Affray. — Afraid. — Fray. Immediately from Fr. effrayer, to scare, appal, dismay, affright ; effroi, terror, astonishment, amazement ; frayeur, fright, terror, scaring, horror. — Cotgr. The Prov. forms csfredar, esfreidar, have led Diez too easily to refer ...

Google previewA Complete Encyclopedia of Virginia Law (1922)

Being a Concise But Complete Alphabetical Presentation of the Present Common and Statute Law, Civil and Criminal of the Commonwealth Based on the Monumental Works of Dr. B. Minor, Etc.; with Forms by Samuel Need Hurst

An affray (from a word meaning to frighten) is a common law misdemeanor, in Virginia, and is the fighting of two or more persons in a public ...

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Video shows what affray means. The act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack.. A tumultuous assault or quarrel.. The fighting of two or more ...

Scrabble value of A1F4F4R1A1Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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