breach of the peace

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breach of the peace

(Law) law an offence against public order causing an unnecessary disturbance of the peace

breach′ of the peace′

a violation of the public peace, as by a riot, disturbance, or fighting.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breach of the peace - any act of molesting, interrupting, hindering, agitating, or arousing from a state of repose or otherwise depriving inhabitants of the peace and quiet to which they are entitled
infraction, misdemeanor, misdemeanour, violation, infringement - a crime less serious than a felony
إخلال بالأمن العام
rušení veřejného pořádku
krænke den offentlige orden
uppòot, óspektir
rušenie verejného poriadku

breach of the peace

nviolazione f dell'ordine pubblico


(briːtʃ) noun
1. a breaking (of a promise etc).
2. a gap, break or hole. a breach in the castle wall; a breach in security.
to make an opening in or break (someone's defence).
breach of the peace
a riot, disturbance or public fight. guilty of breach of the peace.
References in classic literature ?
I don't think-- I do not think,' said the magistrate, reasoning with himself, 'that any two men can have had the hardihood to plan such a breach of the peace, in this town.
This is even more unconstitutional,' said the magistrate; 'this is even a greater breach of the peace, and a grosser infringement of his Majesty's prerogative.
They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.
The expression on the face of the man who, with his hands in his pockets, stands by the stern, smoking a cigar, is sufficient to excuse a breach of the peace by itself; and the lordly whistle for you to get out of the way would, I am confident, ensure a verdict of "justifiable homicide" from any jury of river men.
A police spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that a 47-year-old man was reported to the procurator fiscal for an alleged assault and a 60-year-old man for an alleged homophobic breach of the peace during an incident in Maryhill Road on August 26.
Police Scotland said: "A man was arrested for an alleged breach of the peace and later released on an undertaking to appear in court.
Gina Maguire, 35, of Delamore Street, L4, charged with breach of the peace - bound over for 12 months.
Michael Caulfield, 26, of Heath Road, Bedworth, admitted causing a breach of the peace.
The charge against Gough, 53, said he conducted himself in a disorderly manner and committed a breach of the peace by walking naked in Cairncubie Road, close to the play park, and refusing to put on clothing or move away from the park.
A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said: "We can confirm a 20-year-old male has been charged in connection with an alleged sectarian breach of the peace, in relation to an incident in Ingram Street on Sunday 6 November.
But the defendant, from Edinburgh, was convicted of carrying out a breach of the peace during the game, after the jury deleted an allegation that the offence was aggravated by religious prejudice.
Fellow Midlander Ashley Hughes, 19, from Birmingham, also faced malicious damage and breach of the peace charges, which he also denied, and was acquitted too.