affray defined in 1939 yearaffray - Affray (Fr. effrayer, to frighten);
affray - In English le. w, a disturbance of the public peace on the part of two or more persons by acts of violence which, while not grave enough to constitute a felony, are yet of such a nature as to terrify peaceful citizens. Mere threats do not amount to an affray; there must be a blow given or a weapon drawn. Affrays are distinguished from the graver offence of rioting by the absence of any common unlawful purpose in the minds of the offenders. Thus, a sudden outbreak among persons lawfully assembled would be only an affray, at least in the first instance, But if the disturbance result in an organized raid or a faction fight, it becomes a riot.
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