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affront

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verb af·front \ə-ˈfrənt\

Simple Definition of affront

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of affront

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to insult especially to the face by behavior or language b :  to cause offense to <laws that affront society>

  3. 2 :  to face in defiance :  confront <affront death>

  4. 3 :  to appear directly before

Examples of affront in a sentence

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



Did You Know?

The Middle English "afronten," the ancestor of the Modern English verb "affront," was borrowed from the Anglo-French afrunter, a verb which means "to defy" but which also has the specific meaning "to strike on the forehead" or "to slap on the face." These more literal senses reveal the word's Latin origins, a combination of the Latin prefix ad-, meaning "to" or "towards," and "front-, frons," which means "forehead" (and which is also the source of the English word front). While the striking or slapping sense of "afrunter" was not adopted by English, it is alluded to in the oldest uses of "afronten" in Middle English in the sense of "to insult especially to the face."

Origin and Etymology 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>.

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affront

noun af·front

Simple Definition of affront

  • : an action or statement that insults or offends someone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of affront

  1. 1 obsolete :  a hostile encounter

  2. 2 :  a deliberate offense :  insult <an affront to his dignity>

Examples of affront in a sentence

  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>



1533

First Known Use of affront

1533


AFFRONT Defined for Kids

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affront

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verb af·front \ə-ˈfrənt\

Definition of affront for Students

affronted

affronting

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




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affront

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noun af·front

Definition of affront for Students

  1. :  an act or statement that insults or offends someone





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