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Saturday, December 29, 2001

Definitions for affray

  1. A tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl.

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Citations for affray
Mounted encounters by armored knights locked in desperate hand-to-hand combat, stabbing and wrestling in tavern brawls, deceits and brutalities in street affrays, balletic homicide on the dueling field--these were the martial arts of Renaissance Europe. Sydney Anglo, The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe
An Irish soldier was stabbed with a boar spear by a German mercenary in 1544 during an affray that followed Henry VIII's capture of Boulogne. James Williams, History Today
Origin of affray
Affray comes from Old French esfrei, from esfreer, "to disquiet, to frighten."
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