If someone pisses you off, can it be illegal to tell them to fight you?

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    Commented Mar 26, 2017 at 15:41

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There are two concepts that might apply here: incitement and fighting words. And the answer is: Yes, simply encouraging someone to fight can be found to constitute a number of crimes, whose flavor varies by jurisdiction but which commonly go by terms like "disturbing the peace" or "disorderly conduct." The specific behavior may also support charges like "menacing," "assault," or "terroristic threats."

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