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affray


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.] 
 
  2.  Alarm;  terror;  fright.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  3.  A  tumultuous  assault  or  quarrel;  a  brawl;  a  fray.  ``In  the 
  very  midst  of  the  affray.''  --Motley. 
 
  4.  (Law)  The  fighting  of  two  or  more  persons,  in  a  public 
  place  to  the  terror  of  others  --Blackstone. 
 
  Note:  A  fighting  in  private  is  not  in  a  legal  sense  an 
  affray. 
 
  Syn:  Quarrel;  brawl;  scuffle;  encounter;  fight;  contest; 
  feud;  tumult;  disturbance. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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  from  quiet;  to  alarm. 
 
  Smale  foules  a  great  heap  That  had  afrayed 
  [affrayed]  me  out  of  my  sleep.  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  To  frighten;  to  scare;  to  frighten  away 
 
  That  voice  doth  us  affray.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  affray 
  n  1:  noisy  quarrel  [syn:  {altercation},  {fracas}] 
  2:  a  noisy  fight  [syn:  {disturbance},  {fray},  {ruffle}] 




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