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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Synonyms: Noun

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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 Life itself, then, could affront and ridicule and even torment the provocateur: the mocker brutally mocked by personal reality. New York Times, "Cynthia Ozick Calls the New Philip Roth Biography a ‘Narrative Masterwork’," 1 Apr. 2021 Other customers show up without masks, occasionally reacting belligerently or as if personally affronted when asked to put on a mask or practice social distancing. Anchorage Daily News, "Navigating the mask-wearing minefield between employees and customers," 2 June 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun China’s attempts to paint America as the real human-rights abuser is an affront to truth. WSJ, "China Lacks the Credibility to Bully the U.S.," 26 Mar. 2021 Others have affixed images of Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the army chief who orchestrated the coup, to the hanging htamein, an affront to his virility. New York Times, "‘She Is a Hero’: In Myanmar’s Protests, Women Are on the Front Lines," 4 Mar. 2021 This was an invasion of our collective house and an affront to our national government and constitution. oregonlive, "Eugene police chief Chris Skinner condemns white supremacy, calls for ‘nationwide and local awakening’," 13 Jan. 2021 Lawmakers and civil rights activists have decried the incident, first aired by CBS Chicago, as racist and an affront to a Black woman's dignity. CBS News, "Woman handcuffed in botched police raid to meet with Chicago mayor," 28 Dec. 2020 As later court cases and news reporting uncovered, the mapmaking process was an affront to the state’s tradition of open government. Matthew Defour, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Ten years ago, when Wisconsin legislators drew voting maps in secret, it cost taxpayers $3.5 million. We need a more open process.," 14 Mar. 2021 Their suit is nothing less than an affront to constitutional democracy. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Supreme Court rejects GOP bid to overturn Biden's victory in Pennsylvania," 9 Dec. 2020 That's why some users took Thursday's actions as an affront. Alex Veiga, ajc, "Brokerages limit trading in GameStop, sparking outcry," 28 Jan. 2021 Trump’s absence from the inauguration, though an affront to the tradition of a peaceful transition of power, was theatrical balm. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Presidential inaugurations are theater. What a difference this new cast makes," 20 Jan. 2021

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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 22 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for affront

affront

verb

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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