Fighting Words Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Fighting Words, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Fighting Words?

n. Words stated towards another person that are intentionally nasty and full of malice which cause the person emotions distress or cause him/her to retaliate physically. If the words are threatening, they can form the basis for a lawsuit for assault although they are not an excuse or defense for a retaliatory assault or battery.