Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

breach of the peace

Definition of breach of the peace

  1. :  a charge of making a lot of noise or behaving violently in public :  disorderly conduct <He was fined for committing a breach of the peace.>



Word by Word Definitions

breachplay
  1. :  infraction or violation of a law, obligation, tie, or standard

    :  a broken, ruptured, or torn condition or area

    :  a gap (as in a wall) made by battering

  1. :  to make a breach in

    :  break, violate

    :  to leap out of water

peaceplay
  1. : :  a state of tranquillity or quiet: as

    :  freedom from civil disturbance

    :  a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom

  1. :  to be, become, or keep silent or quiet


Law Dictionary

breach of the peace

  1. 1 :  a disturbance of public peace or order <insulting language causing a breach of the peace> — see also fighting words

  2. 2 :  the offense of causing a breach of the peace — compare disorderly conduct




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up breach of the peace? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

expressing little or no emotion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ