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 Its product refuses to entertain while its meta events such as the Oscars affront those who are naïve enough to beg it for escapism. Armond White, National Review, 28 Apr. 2021 Life itself, then, could affront and ridicule and even torment the provocateur: the mocker brutally mocked by personal reality. New York Times, 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, 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, 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, 23 July 2019 Snowden says he was affronted by the rank hypocrisy of it all. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2019 It’s hard to imagine anybody feeling affronted by him. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 21 June 2019 Which is obviously why so many people are affronted by it. Cincinnati Enquirer, 13 July 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But growing up in a predominantly white community, these annual treats felt like an audacious affront to my personal goal of blending in and going through life as un-Asian as possible. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, 20 Sep. 2021 Lying awake at night, Sohel had been fearing this—an affront that couldn’t be borne. Daniyal Mueenuddin, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021 These might soon appear among best-practice recommendations from expert panels, but as the situation stands now, this just looks like another affront to the FDA’s neurological drugs advisory panel. Sam Gandy, STAT, 17 June 2021 Yet their sheer density—up to 1.5 million per acre—can feel like an affront. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, 11 May 2021 Saying yes to a rando plus-one is an affront to the party-giver’s actual friends who didn’t make the final cut. Thomas P. Farley, chicagotribune.com, 24 Aug. 2021 It’s being told that your very presence is an affront to morality and righteousness. Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2021 Many considered the new gear an affront to the purity of the game. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Aug. 2021 Some will likely see vaccine mandates as an even greater affront to personal freedom. Washington Post, 28 July 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 26 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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