verb (used with object)
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Origin of affray
Examples from the Web for affray
The lackey meantime had prepared himself for the affray, and Girard had produced two dueling swords.Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist|Harlan Page Halsey
In this affray eighteen sailors were stabbed, several dying from their wounds.Famous Men and Great Events of the Nineteenth Century|Charles Morris
Does the falling night hide fiends to fight And phantoms to affray?Songs from Vagabondia|Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey
The Major was thoroughly discouraged with the outcome of the affray, and disgusted with the conduct of his troops on the occasion.The Indians' Last Fight|Dennis Collins
At Hamburg, an affray occurred between the populace and a party of Austrian troops, in which lives were lost.
Word Origin for affray
c.1300, "state of alarm produced by a sudden disturbance," from Old French effrei, esfrei "disturbance, fright," from esfreer (v.) "to worry, concern, trouble, disturb," from Vulgar Latin *exfridare, literally "to take out of peace," from Latin ex- "out of" (see ex-) + Frankish *frithu "peace," from Proto-Germanic *frithuz "peace, consideration, forbearance" (cf. Old Saxon frithu, Old English friðu, Old High German fridu "peace, truce"), from PIE root *pri- "to be friendly, love" (see free (adj.)). Meaning "breach of the peace, riotous fight in public" is from late 15c. Related verb afrey (early 14c.) survives almost exclusively in its past participle, afraid (q.v.).