breach of the peace

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of breach of the peace

: 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

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

  2. : a broken, ruptured, or torn condition or area

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

  1. : to make a gap in by battering : to make a breach (see 1breach 2b) in

  2. : break, violate

  3. : to leap out of water

peace play
  1. : a state of tranquility or quiet: such as

  2. : freedom from civil disturbance

  3. : 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

legal Definition of breach of the peace

1 : a disturbance of public peace or order
  • insulting language causing a breach of the peace
— see also fighting words
2 : the offense of causing a breach of the peace — compare disorderly conduct

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