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 By the looks on their faces, my actions read not as social distancing but as personal affront. Patricia Park, The New Yorker, "Taking My Place at My Father’s Grocery Store," 16 May 2020 But there is another reason for the government’s alarmingly inadequate response: a president who sees attempts to counter the Russia threat as a personal affront. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The 2016 Election Was Just a Dry Run," 11 May 2020 No one seems to take your speed to be a personal affront to their delicate ego. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Testing Porsche's New 911 in Germany," 15 Jan. 2020 Scoring cheap political points at the expense of American energy workers is an affront to our economic success and must be confronted. Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg.com, "Lawmakers Urge Punishment For Banks That Won’t Back Drillers," 10 May 2020 Barring #Taiwan from setting foot on UN grounds is an affront not just to the proud Taïwanese people, but to UN principles. Time, "U.S. Tweets Support for Taiwan, Sparking Opposition From China," 2 May 2020 An affront to common sense and basic economic principles? Graham Hillard, National Review, "Ian McEwan Doesn’t Get Brexit," 24 Oct. 2019 Then there was the departing Brodach’s melding of Buddhist and Jewish influences, which went wrong enough to be an affront to both religions. Los Angeles Times, "Our fashion critic reviews ‘Making the Cut’s’ winning looks: ‘A total shirt show’," 11 Apr. 2020 Critics say the bill is an affront to the separation of church and state that could alienate nonreligious people. USA TODAY, "Golden Gate bison, prisoner paintings, dining with dogs: News from around our 50 states," 6 Mar. 2020

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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 2 Jun. 2020.

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affront

verb
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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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