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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)

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

  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>.

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affront

noun af·front

Simple Definition of affront

  • : an action or statement that insults or offends someone

Full Definition of affront

  1. 1 obsolete :  a hostile encounter

  2. 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>



1533

First Known Use of affront

1533



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