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fighting words

noun plural fight·ing words

Legal Definition of fighting words

  1. :  words which by their very utterance are likely to inflict harm on or provoke a breach of the peace by the average person to whom they are directed

Additional Notes on fighting words

Fighting words are not protected speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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to criticize severely

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