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

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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.

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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...

one side, but an affray is the fighting os many together: besidesthis signification, it may be taken sor a terror wrought in the ...

Google previewThe Texas Criminal Reports (1897)

Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Court of Criminal Appeals of the State of Texas by Alexander M. Jackson, Alexander M. Jackson (Jr.), John Preston White, Sam Andrew Willson, Rudolph Kleberg, W. W. Nelms, W. C. Wear

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 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 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 previewInstitutes of the Laws of England (1797)

Containg the Exposition of Many Ancient and Other Statutes ... by Sir Edward Coke

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

Google previewEnglish Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order (1826)

With Copious Illustrations and Examples 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 particular kind of quarrel : a quarrel may subsist between two persons from a private difference; an af. jray always takes place between many ...

Google previewThe Law-dictionary (1797)

Explaining the Rise, Progress, and Present State, of the English Law, in Theory and Practice; Defining and Interpreting the Terms Or Words of Art; and Comprising Copious Information, Historical, Political, and Commercial, on the Subjects of Our Law, Trade, and Government by Sir Thomas Edlyne Tomlins

An affray is a public offence to the terror of the king's subječfs; and so called ...

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 previewNomothetēs, the Interpreter (1684)

Containing the Genuine Signification of Such Obscure Words and Terms Used Either in the Common Or Statute Lawes of this Realm by John Cowell, Thomas Manley

yet as it is there said, they differ in thisj that where an Assault is but a wrong to the Party, an Affray is a wrong to the...

Google previewA Law Dictionary, Or, The Interpreter of Words and Terms, (1708)

Used Either in the Common Or Statute Laws of that Part of Great Britain, Call'd England; and in Tenures and Jocular Customs

yet as it is there said, they differ in this, that where an Assault is but a wrong to the Party, an Affray is a wrong to the...

but an Affray is the fighting of many together: Besides this signification already mentioned, it may be taken for a terrour ...

Google previewA New and Complete Law-dictionary (1764)

Or, General Abridgment of the Law : on a More Extensive Plan Than Any Law-dictionary Hitherto Published : Containing Not Only the Explanation of the Terms, But Also the Law Itself, Both with Regard to Theory and Practice. Very Useful to Barristers, Justices of the Peace, Attornies, Solicitors, &c by Timothy Cunningham

Yet, as it is there said, they differ in this, that where an affiault is but a wrong to the party, an affray is a wrong to the commonwealth, and therefore both inquirable and punishable in a leet. It may be said likewise, that an assault is but of one side ...

Google previewLaw Made Easy (1886)

A Book for the People by Lelia Josephine Robinson

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 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 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 previewThe Project Gutenberg Encyclopedia (101-)

by Project Gutenberg

AFFRAY, in law, the fighting of two or more persons in a public place to the terror (a l' effroi) of the lieges. The offence is a misdemeanour at English common law, punishable by fine and imprisonment. A fight in private is an assault and battery, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

AFFRAY. Great Dryden next, whose tuneful muse affords Hie sweetest numbers, and the fittest words.

Google previewA New Law Dictionary (1829)

Containing a Concise Exposition of the Mere Terms of Art and Such Obsolete Words as Occur in Old Legal, Historical and Antiquarian Writers by James Whishaw

AFFRAY (Affraier, French). An affray is the ...

Google previewA Compendious and Comprehensive Law Dictionary (1816)

Elucidating the Terms, and General Principles of Law and Equity by Thomas Walter Williams

AFFRAY, is derived from the French word tfrtfer, to affright, and it formerly meant no more; as where persons appeared " th armour or weapons not usually wom, to the terror of others. Stat. 2 Ed. 3. c. 3. But now it signifies a fighting between two ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana: Miscellaneous and lexicographical (1845)

by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

AFFRAY. vov-/ rather metaphorically verified in the sympathies of plants and animals, might afford a large dispute. Brown's Vulgar Errours. Great Dryden next, whose tuneful muse affords The sweetest numbers, and the fittest words. Whether in ...

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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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