Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary

Legal Dictionary Home

Fighting Words
Inflammatory words that are either injurious by themselves or might cause the hearer to immediately retaliate or breach the peace. Use of such words is not necessarily protected "free speech" under the First Amendment. If the hearer is prosecuted for assault, claiming fighting words may establish mitigating circumstances.
LA-NOLO1:CM1.2.1.1.20150623.32264+