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1affront

verb af·front \ə-ˈfrənt\

: to do or say something that shows a lack of respect for (someone or someone's feelings)

Full Definition of AFFRONT

transitive verb
1
a :  to insult especially to the face by behavior or language
b :  to cause offense to <laws that affront society>
2
:  to face in defiance :  confront <affront death>
3
:  to appear directly before

Examples of AFFRONT

  1. <did not mean to affront you when I told you I didn't need your help>

Origin of AFFRONT

Middle English afronten, from Anglo-French afrunter to defy, from Vulgar Latin *affrontare, from Latin ad- + front-, frons forehead
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of AFFRONT

offend, outrage, affront, insult mean to cause hurt feelings or deep resentment. offend need not imply an intentional hurting but it may indicate merely a violation of the victim's sense of what is proper or fitting <hoped that my remarks had not offended her>. outrage implies offending beyond endurance and calling forth extreme feelings <outraged by their accusations>. affront implies treating with deliberate rudeness or contemptuous indifference to courtesy <deeply affronted by his callousness>. insult suggests deliberately causing humiliation, hurt pride, or shame <insulted every guest at the party>.

2affront

noun

: an action or statement that insults or offends someone

Full Definition of AFFRONT

1
obsolete :  a hostile encounter
2
:  a deliberate offense :  insult <an affront to his dignity>

Examples of AFFRONT

  1. He regarded her rude behavior as a personal affront.
  2. <took it as an affront that she wasn't asked to help cook Thanksgiving dinner>

First Known Use of AFFRONT

1533
AFFRONT Defined for Kids

1affront

verb af·front \ə-ˈfrənt\
af·front·edaf·front·ing

Definition of AFFRONT for Kids

:  to insult openly :  offend <He was affronted by her rude behavior.>

2affront

noun

Definition of AFFRONT for Kids

:  an act or statement that insults or offends someone

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