Fighting Words Definition

Words that one uses to provoke a fight or hostility.
American Heritage
A remark that stirs up antagonism.
Webster's New World
Speech not protected by the First Amendment because it is intended to bring about a violent response.
Webster's New World Law

(plural only) Aggressive words that forseeably may lead to potentially violent confrontation; in law, often considered mitigation for otherwise sanctionable behavior (fighting).


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