effrontery


ef·fron·tery

noun \i-ˈfrən-tə-rē, e-\

: a very confident attitude or way of behaving that is shocking or rude

plural ef·fron·ter·ies

Full Definition of EFFRONTERY

:  shameless boldness :  insolence

Examples of EFFRONTERY

  1. <the little squirt had the effrontery to deny eating any cookies, even with the crumbs still on his lips>

Origin of EFFRONTERY

French effronterie, ultimately from Medieval Latin effront-, effrons shameless, from Latin ex- + front-, frons forehead
First Known Use: 1697

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