breach of the peace

noun Law.

a violation of the public peace, as by a riot, disturbance, etc.

Origin of breach of the peace

First recorded in 1665–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for breach of the peace

breach of the peace


law an offence against public order causing an unnecessary disturbance of the peace
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