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an act or expression showing scorn and usually intended to hurt another's feelings
  • took it as an affront that she wasn't invited to say a few words at the ribbon-cutting ceremony

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Synonyms & Antonyms of affront (Entry 2 of 2)

to cause hurt feelings or deep resentment in
  • did not mean to affront you when I told you I didn't need your help

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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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The first known use of affront was in the 14th century

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“Affront.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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