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Affray Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    affray n
  1. noisy quarrel [syn: altercation, fracas]
  2. a noisy fight [syn: disturbance, fray, ruffle]
Affray Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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.
Affray Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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.

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