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English Synonyms and Antonyms2.0 / 3 votes

  1. fray

    A feud is enmity between families, clans, or parties, with acts of hostility mutually retaliated and avenged; feud is rarely used of individuals, never of nations. While all the other words of the group may refer to that which is transient, a feud is long-enduring, and often hereditary. Dissension is used of a number of persons, of a party or other organization. Bitterness is in feeling only; enmity and hostility involve will and purpose to oppose or injure. A quarrel is in word or act, or both, and is commonly slight and transient, as we speak of childish quarrels; contention and strife may be in word or deed; contest ordinarily involves some form of action. Contest is often used in a good sense, contention and strife very rarely so. Controversy is commonly in words; strife extends from verbal controversy to the contests of armies. Affray, brawl, and broil, like quarrel, are words of inferior dignity. An affray or broil may arise at a street corner; the affray always involves physical force; the brawl or broil may be confined to violent language.

    Synonyms:
    affray, animosity, bitterness, brawl, broil, contention, contest, controversy, dispute, dissension, enmity, feud, hostility, quarrel, strife

Princeton's WordNet1.0 / 1 vote

  1. affray, disturbance, fray, ruffleverb

    a noisy fight

    Synonyms:
    commotion, mental disturbance, hurly burly, disturbance, mental disorder, interference, ruff, folie, upset, flounce, flutter, choker, to-do, psychological disorder, perturbation, furbelow, kerfuffle, fracas, frill, hoo-ha, disruption, altercation, ruffle, noise, neck ruff, affray, hoo-hah

  2. fray, frazzleverb

    wear away by rubbing

    "The friction frayed the sleeve"

    Synonyms:
    scratch, frazzle, chafe, fret, rub

  3. rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratchverb

    cause friction

    "my sweater scratches"

    Synonyms:
    fuss, eat into, itch, excise, gag, choke, scratch up, nark, erode, fret, excoriate, bother, rile, scrub, gravel, strike, rub, inscribe, rankle, get to, eat away, come up, scrape up, scrape, cancel, nettle, gall, call off, chafe, get at, engrave, scratch, irritate, annoy, frazzle, niggle, rag, expunge, vex, grate, devil, grave

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. fraynoun

    Synonyms:
    combat, battle, fight

  2. fraynoun

    Synonyms:
    broil, quarrel, riot, affray

  3. frayverb

    Synonyms:
    rub, wear, fret

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. fraynoun

    Synonyms:
    fight, battle, combat, broil, affray, fret, chafe

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "fray":

    frey

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How to use fray in a sentence?

  1. Butler:

    An ass will with his long ears fray The flies that tickle him away; But man delights to have his ears Blown maggots in by flatterers.

  2. Brian Harrison:

    Many of these are rather small business, craft distilleries, and their business and livelihoods were damaged when restaurants closed down, but they jumped into the fray and joined the fight against Covid. It was nothing short of heroic. They are American heroes.

  3. Aventura Major Michael Bentolila:

    It's the most heartbreaking thing I have ever witnessed. Moms, kids, yelling screaming, falling, tripping, kids - lost in the fray - amid the chaos and running around blindly in search of their parents.

  4. Deborah Carr:

    When people first fall in love, where they first feel infatuation, sometimes logic goes out the window, there's lots of data showing that logical thought patterns sometimes get lost in the fray when someone really is very attracted to a person or they're feeling the throes of passion.

  5. The GOP members:

    In that spirit, we hope that we can rise above the partisan fray to negotiate meaningful change for Americans across the nation and maintain the United States’ standing as the best country in the world.


Translations for fray

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  • نزاعArabic
  • оръфвам, свада, стълкновение, сбиване, износвам, протърквамBulgarian
  • desfilar-seCatalan, Valencian
  • drásat, třepit seCzech
  • ausfransen, SchlachtGerman
  • σύρραξη, συμπλοκή, διαμάχηGreek
  • rähinä, harsuuntua, väsyttää, uuvuttaa, riita, purkaantuaFinnish
  • bagarre, combat, effilocher, userFrench
  • התבלה, קטטה, ריפט, שחק, נשחק, תחרותHebrew
  • feslikHungarian
  • baruffa, agone, mischiaItalian
  • rakneNorwegian
  • refrega, desfiarPortuguese
  • дра́ка, столкнове́ние, обтрёпываться, борьба́, распуска́ться, расплета́ться, перепа́лка, изна́шиваться, вытира́ться, сты́чка, сраже́ниеRussian
  • ఫ్రేTelugu
  • çözülmekTurkish

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