Definition of affray :
1. A tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl; a fray.
2. Alarm; terror; fright.
3. The act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack.
4. The fighting of two or more persons, in a public place, to the terror of others.
5. To frighten; to scare; to frighten away.
6. To startle from quiet; to alarm.
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- " I collected from his mother and sister that Evan Roberts was forty- eight years of age; that he had been liable to periodical mania for twenty- seven years, and which the mother attributed to some injury to his head, received in a rural affray; that at first the maniacal paroxysms were unfrequent, but that they had become more violent and frequent as he advanced in life. - "Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles", Daniel Hack Tuke.
- Moreover, he, if any one of them, really loved Black Michael, and it might be that he would leave Bersonin to guard the King, and rush across the bridge to take part in the affray on the other side. - "The Prisoner of Zenda", Anthony Hope.
- Moreover, he was as fully aware as I am myself, that the prisoner must rely on her alone for anything like a true account of the affray. - "The Macdermots of Ballycloran", Anthony Trollope.