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effrontery

noun ef·fron·tery \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

Synonym Discussion of EFFRONTERY

temerity, audacity, hardihood, effrontery, nerve, cheek, gall, chutzpah mean conspicuous or flagrant boldness. temerity suggests boldness arising from rashness and contempt of danger <had the temerity to refuse>. audacity implies a disregard of restraints commonly imposed by convention or prudence <an entrepreneur with audacity and vision>. hardihood suggests firmness in daring and defiance <admired for her hardihood>. effrontery implies shameless, insolent disregard of propriety or courtesy <outraged at his effrontery>. nerve, cheek, gall, and chutzpah are informal equivalents for effrontery <the nerve of that guy> <has the cheek to call herself a singer> <had the gall to demand proof> <the chutzpah needed for a career in show business>.

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