affray

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n affray a noisy fight
    • n affray noisy quarrel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Affray A tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl; a fray. "In the very midst of the affray ."
    • Affray Alarm; terror; fright.
    • Affray The act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack.
    • Affray (Law) The fighting of two or more persons, in a public place, to the terror of others.
    • Affray To frighten; to scare; to frighten away. "That voice doth us affray ."
    • Affray To startle from quiet; to alarm. "Smale foules a great heap
      That had afrayed affrayed] me out of my sleep."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • affray To frighten; terrify; give a shock to; arouse; disturb.
    • n affray Fear; terror.
    • n affray Disturbance involving terror.
    • n affray A public fight; a noisy quarrel; a brawl; a tumult; disturbance. Specifically, in law, the fighting of two or more persons in a public place to the terror of others. It usually implies a casual meeting, not by previous agreement to fight.
    • n affray Synonyms Broil. Scuffle, etc. See quarrel, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Affray af-frā′ (Spens.) a fight causing alarm: a brawl or fray: terror
    • v.t Affray to startle: to frighten: esp. in pa.p. Affrayed′ = afraid
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

The third group in the affray consisted of cowboys.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
In the Middle Ages, London Bridge was the scene of affrays of all kinds.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The strangers were well armed; they fell in silence upon their assailants; and the affray became a series of single combats.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 8 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But Onoufry, interfering in time, prevents an affray the issue of which would probably have been fatal.
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky
Then he wheeled abruptly and strode off to look over the victims of the little affray.
"Bring Me His Ears" by Clarence E. Mulford
Then there was an affray in which one Logan was killed and three were wounded.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
In the affray he drew a revolver, which was instantly knocked out of his hand.
"Journal of a Trip to California by the Overland Route Across the Plains in 1850-51" by E. S. (Eleazer Stillman) Ingalls
I was separated from my father during that midnight affray.
"The Poniard's Hilt" by Eugène Sue
For days Pritchen had steered clear of his hated opponent, and had not met him face to face since the shooting affray in the saloon.
"The Frontiersman" by H. A. Cody
Shooting Affray in a Legation 103 84.
"International Incidents for Discussion in Conversation Classes" by Lassa Oppenheim
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In poetry:

In this concise despotic way
Unhappy Gaphny fell,
Which did all honest men affray,
As truly it might well.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
Naught! so they swagged thro the glade
Where the roe-buck rose:
She nosed the wind, affrayed
By the blod "Ho, hos!"
"The Death-Sprite" by Cale Young Rice
Then they who denied
That He liveth Eternal, "Self-made,"
Shall call to the mountains to crush them;
Amazed and affrayed.
"The Trumpet" by Edwin Arnold
"—Five hundred guns began the affray
On next day morn at nine;
Such mad and mangling cannon-play
Had never torn human line.
"Leipzig" by Thomas Hardy
ASTOLFO. This strange affray,
What can it mean, magnanimous Prince? would you
So bright a blade imbrue
In blood that age already doth congeal?
Back to its sheath return the shining steel.
"Life Is A Dream - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Because, in careless confidence,
So oft we leave the narrow way,
Its borders thorny hedges fence,
Beyond them marshy deeps affray;
But farther on, the heavenly road
Lies through the gardens of our God.
"This World" by George MacDonald

In news:

Kickoffs start at 7 p.m. VERO BEACH — Police charged five people with affray as part of the ongoing investigation of Sunday's shooting that wounded a man.
Pleasant to wear while witnessing gridiron affrays, but.
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