affray, altercation, fracas(noun)
affray, disturbance, fray, ruffle(noun)
a noisy fight
commotion, mental disturbance, hurly burly, disturbance, mental disorder, interference, ruff, folie, upset, flounce, flutter, choker, to-do, psychological disorder, perturbation, furbelow, kerfuffle, fracas, frill, hoo-ha, disruption, altercation, ruffle, fray, noise, neck ruff, affray, hoo-hah
affray(noun)To startle from quiet; to alarm.
affray(noun)To frighten; to scare; to frighten away.
affray(noun)The fighting of two or more persons, in a public place, to the terror of others.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
A feud is enmity between families, clans, or parties, with acts of hostility mutually retaliated and avenged; feud is rarely used of individuals, never of nations. While all the other words of the group may refer to that which is transient, a feud is long-enduring, and often hereditary. Dissension is used of a number of persons, of a party or other organization. Bitterness is in feeling only; enmity and hostility involve will and purpose to oppose or injure. A quarrel is in word or act, or both, and is commonly slight and transient, as we speak of childish quarrels; contention and strife may be in word or deed; contest ordinarily involves some form of action. Contest is often used in a good sense, contention and strife very rarely so. Controversy is commonly in words; strife extends from verbal controversy to the contests of armies. Affray, brawl, and broil, like quarrel, are words of inferior dignity. An affray or broil may arise at a street corner; the affray always involves physical force; the brawl or broil may be confined to violent language.
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