affront

verb
af·​front | \ ə-ˈfrənt How to pronounce affront (audio) \
affronted; affronting; affronts

Definition of affront

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to insult especially to the face by behavior or language He was affronted by her rudeness.
b : to cause offense to laws that affront society
2a : to face in defiance : confront affront death
b obsolete : to encounter face-to-face
3 : to appear directly before

affront

noun

Definition of affront (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Verb

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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Verb

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."

Examples of affront in a Sentence

Verb did not mean to affront you when I told you I didn't need your help Noun He regarded her rude behavior as a personal affront. took it as an affront that she wasn't asked to help cook Thanksgiving dinner
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Judge for yourself whether Errol Morris’ documentary American Dharma affronts the Republic by being too kind to Bannon. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Radioactive Steve Bannon Movie," 1 Nov. 2019 And while some may point to Kenny Dalglish or Steven Gerrard as Mr. Liverpool, either of those men would be affronted at that suggestion, because the only true contender is Bill Shankly. SI.com, "Bill Shankly: The Innovative Motivator Who Rebuilt Liverpool From the Ground Up," 23 July 2019 Snowden says he was affronted by the rank hypocrisy of it all. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "In Edward Snowden’s New Memoir, the Disclosures This Time Are Personal," 13 Sep. 2019 It’s hard to imagine anybody feeling affronted by him. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "The Turnabout on Religious Freedom," 21 June 2019 Which is obviously why so many people are affronted by it. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Read more from this Project," 13 July 2018 Over the past year, the Afghan Taliban has orchestrated an increasingly destructive insurgency across the war-tattered nation, affronting Afghan Security Forces and U.S troops with almost daily attacks. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Taliban prisoners exploit release loophole with fake medical claims," 12 June 2018 But Johnson also affronted the public by consorting with and marrying white women. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick and Jack Johnson," 23 Apr. 2018 The Sixers’ most obvious failing came on offense in the face of the Heat’s personal-space-affronting defensive pressure. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Sixers need Joel Embiid to contend, but not to beat the Heat | David Murphy," 18 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Oval Office video display, first reported by Axios, did not please the Republican senators, who have expressed deep concerns about Turkey's incursion into Syria and affront against the Kurds. Ed O'keefe, Paula Reid, CBS News, "Oval Office meeting with Turkish president and Republican senators gets heated," 14 Nov. 2019 To some, their arrival at the front is an affront to Libyan national pride and fighting prowess, and a source of embarrassment for the GNA government as Haftar’s camp turns that resentment into a propaganda point. Frederic Wehrey, The New York Review of Books, "Among the Syrian Militiamen of Turkey’s Intervention in Libya," 23 Jan. 2020 The disruptions are a direct affront to the Chinese leadership. Ezra Cheung, New York Times, "Chaos Grips Hong Kong’s Airport as Police Clash With Protesters," 12 Aug. 2019 China considers support for the demonstrators an affront to the nation and its people, and Blizzard treated it as a grave offense. Los Angeles Times, "Activision Blizzard cuts punishment for gamer who supported Hong Kong protests," 11 Oct. 2019 But it was deemed an affront by Beijing, one compounded when Trump suggested the U.S. might revisit the question of Taiwan’s status as a part of China. Time, "Taiwan Is the Last Free Place in the Chinese-Speaking World. Can President Tsai Ing-wen Preserve Its Democracy?," 9 Jan. 2020 Such measures are not just an affront to human rights. The Economist, "Can technology plan economies and destroy democracy?," 18 Dec. 2019 For Coalfire and professional pentesters around the world, the charges are an affront that threatens their ability to carry out what has long been considered a key practice in ensuring clients’ systems are truly secure. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "How a turf war and a botched contract landed 2 pentesters in Iowa jail," 13 Nov. 2019 Psychologists, counselors, social workers and others speculate about what leads to easily wounded feelings -- and heightened affronts -- at times that should be characterized by good will, joy and togetherness. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Balance is key to holiday happiness: Sun Messages," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of affront

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for affront

Verb

Middle English afronten, afrounten, borrowed from Anglo-French afrunter "to strike the front of, shame," derivative from the phrase a frunt "facing, openly, blatantly," from a "to, at" (going back to Latin ad) + frunt "front entry 1, forehead" — more at at entry 1

Noun

borrowed from Middle French, noun derivative of affronter "to affront entry 1"

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“Affront.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affront. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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affront

verb
How to pronounce affront (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of affront

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

affront

noun

English Language Learners Definition of affront (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : an action or statement that insults or offends someone

affront

verb
af·​front | \ ə-ˈfrənt How to pronounce affront (audio) \
affronted; affronting

Kids Definition of affront

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

affront

noun

Kids Definition of affront (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or statement that insults or offends someone

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