Definition of disorderly conduct in US English:

disorderly conduct


  • Unruly behavior constituting a minor offense.

    • ‘Earlier on Thursday, 19 were arrested for disorderly conduct during a planned act of civil disobedience at the federal building.’
    • ‘All three were summonsed with being intoxicated, using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and with disorderly conduct on April 8.’
    • ‘But a lawyer standing in front of them in the queue was not amused and had them arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.…’
    • ‘Given that people frequently place demands upon the police for control of low-level disorderly conduct, such as rowdyism, there are only two possibilities.’
    • ‘The day was not without incident; police made 36 arrests for misdemeanour charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly.’
    • ‘Secondly, it enacted a range of offences to deal with disorderly conduct of various degrees of seriousness, from riot, to behaviour causing alarm or distress.’
    • ‘Six of the eight men arrested Wednesday were charged Thursday with assaulting police officers, disorderly conduct and causing obstruction in a public place, police said.’
    • ‘However, three offences - disorderly conduct, threatening behaviour and wilful obstruction - rose.’
    • ‘The actor was later charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly, the US Secret Service said.’
    • ‘The fines are likely to apply to two categories of offence, disorderly conduct and intoxication in a public place.’
    • ‘The report stated that disorderly conduct and boisterous behaviour increased in a group context, whatever the makeup of the group may be, when drink was involved.’
    • ‘Two 18-year-olds were arrested for disorderly conduct towards officers.’
    • ‘They would most likely be charged with assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.’
    • ‘Shoplifting, drugs and motoring offences, assaults and disorderly conduct were among the incidents caught on camera.’
    • ‘Too many judges regard the actions of people like the woman pictured above as legitimate political activity rather than disorderly conduct or malicious destruction of property.’
    • ‘The most common crimes are disorderly conduct, assault, burglary, driving under the influence of alcohol, and property damage.’
    • ‘The 33-year-old was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and malicious intent.’
    • ‘We're also told as many as eight people have been arrested for things like disorderly conduct.’
    • ‘By night's end, police had issued nearly 90 citations for disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, assault, and other offenses.’
    • ‘This year alone, he was ejected from four games, suspended twice, arrested on disorderly conduct charges, and jailed for eluding police.’
    bad behaviour, misconduct, badness, naughtiness, disobedience, mischief, mischievousness, delinquency
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