fighting words

Definition of "fighting words"
  1. Provocative speech likely to incite immediate retaliation or a breach of peace, not potentially covered by the First Amendment's protection of free speech
How to use "fighting words" in a sentence
  1. He argued that his attacker used fighting words, causing him to retaliate in self-defense.
  2. The court rejected his freedom of speech claim, classifying his language as fighting words.
  3. Using fighting words can lead to assault charges or cause a disturbance of the peace.

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