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 30-year-old Shotts man was arrested and reported to the procurator fiscal for an alleged breach of the peace and carrying an offensive weapon.
The two men were also accused of conducting themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by drinking alcohol in front of the Akinpelu Police Station at Oshodi, Lagos.
A Sheriff has deferred sentence on a man who admitted committing a breach of the peace at the property where he lives in Paisley - by appearing stark naked in the common close.
He has been reported to the procurator fiscal for the alleged homophobic breach of the peace.
While that term is undefined, several courts have adopted a counterintuitive rule, holding that a law-enforcement officer's presence during a self-help repossession--regardless of purpose or level of involvement--creates a breach of the peace.
Last Wednesday, Quinn, 47, who sings with Irish rebel band Shebeen, was charged with breach of the peace.
Joyce Chapman, 58, of Manningham Road, L4, charged with breach of the peace - bound over for 12 months.
Kristi Caulfield, 21, of Parkstone Road, Foleshill, Coventry, admitted resisting arrest and causing a breach of the peace.