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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AFFRAY

She dragged the girl away out of sight, and left her while she returned to the affray.

The affray had burst over the slumbering town like a thunderclap.

Many Indians were killed or wounded in this affray, but it is not known how many.

That we had some hurt of such an affray goes without saying.

Hanson had learned all about the affray, as everyone else in town seemed to have done.

And then there was their own resentment as to that affray at Scumberg's.

Who struck the first blow in the affray on the pier with Thornton?

This was by no means a terrifying conclusion to men inured to affray.

But in many a tent there were drinking and gambling, and more than one affray.

A white man and a colored woman were indicted for an affray.

WORD ORIGIN

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.).

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