Adjective "affray" definition and examples

(Affray may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/əˈfreɪ/

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Definitions and examples

noun

An instance of group fighting in a public place that disturbs the peace.
  1. mass noun 'a person guilty of affray'
  2. 'They all plead not guilty and also deny affray following a confrontation outside a nightclub before the attack.'
  3. 'Admitting affray and criminal damage, he was jailed for 14 months.'

More definitions

1. a public fight; a noisy quarrel; brawl.

2. Law. the fighting of two or more persons in a public place. verb (used with object)

3. Archaic. to frighten.

More examples(as adjective)

"charges can be affray."

Origin

Middle English (in the general sense ‘disturbance, fray’): from Anglo-Norman French afrayer ‘disturb, startle’, based on an element of Germanic origin related to Old English frithu ‘peace, safety’ (compare with German Friede ‘peace’).