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Definition of the noun affray
What does affray mean as a name of something?
noun - plural: affrays
- noisy quarrel
- a noisy fight
Alternative definition of the noun affray
- 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.
Definition of the verb affray
What does affray mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: affrayed | affraying | affrays
- To startle from quiet; to alarm.
- To frighten; to scare; to frighten away.
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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The 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 ...
The 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...
The 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 ...
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 ...
English 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 ...
Criminal 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 ...
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 ...
The 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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
English 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 ...
The 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 ...
Encyclopedia 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 ...
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 ...
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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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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