affront

verb
af·front | \ə-ˈfrənt \
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

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 That is a deliberate affront to affront Hindu values. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Outside the Limits of the Human Imagination," 27 Mar. 2018 While personally affronted that Kitt would so publicly criticize him in the White House, Johnson knew why people protested. Time, "Behind the Anti-War Protests That Swept America in 1968," 19 Jan. 2018 Would Trump seek to flatter or affront the globalists? Time, "'America No Longer Matters.' Davos Isn't Worried About President Trump," 25 Jan. 2018 Once inside the cave, though, Aladdin can't resist grabbing a jade necklace for Jasmine, affronting the cave, which collapses and traps him and the lamp inside. Margaret Gray, latimes.com, "In 'Aladdin' national tour, the magic carpet ride hits high gear only with the Genie out of his lamp," 25 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Anything less than fealty toward him is seen as some type of affront or attack. Monique Judge, The Root, "Trump’s On-Again, Off-Again Relationship With North Korea Is Back On. Again," 1 June 2018 The timing of the Shulaya enterprise arrests came as a particular affront to Khurtsidze, the boxing enforcer. Garrett Graff, Longreads, "A Vor Never Sleeps," 5 June 2018 This risk is particularly high in America, where the idea of paying for medicines on the basis of their actual performance is seen as an affront to patient choice. The Economist, "Drug regulationGetting medicines to market faster," 22 Mar. 2018 Breyer’s opinion framed the case as an affront to an America that once was. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "This Is a Crueler Country Than It Was 20 Years Ago," 27 Feb. 2018 In both cases, full-throated condemnations have echoed more loudly than the original affront. Isaac Stanley-becker, chicagotribune.com, "'I prefer to hear a male voice': Women commentators find harsh judgment at World Cup," 26 June 2018 For that last affront, Trump ordered Tillerson to make a public statement denying it; Tillerson made a statement but didn’t dispute the NBC News scoop on the insult. Philip Elliott, Time, "Why President Trump Fired Rex Tillerson," 13 Mar. 2018 Donald Trump, and to stay vigilant in rejecting his lies, cruelty, and affronts to the institutions that define the US system of government. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Donald Trump, the resistance, and the limits of normcore politics," 3 July 2018 The whole thing is a disruption, an affront to sense and logic. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Live, From the Children’s Ward," 29 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for affront

affront

verb

English Language Learners Definition of affront

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

: an action or statement that insults or offends someone

affront

verb
af·front | \ə-ˈfrənt \
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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