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[uh-fruhnt] /əˈfrʌnt/
a personally offensive act or word; deliberate act or display of disrespect; intentional slight; insult:
an affront to the king.
an offense to one's dignity or self-respect.
verb (used with object)
to offend by an open manifestation of disrespect or insolence:
His speech affronted all of us.
to make ashamed or confused; embarrass.
Archaic. to front; face; look on.
Obsolete. to meet or encounter face to face; confront.
Origin of affront
1300-50; Middle English afrounten < Middle French af(f)ronter to strike in the face < Vulgar Latin *affrontāre, derivative of Latin phrase ad frontem at or toward the forehead (as the seat of one's feelings or dignity). See ad-, front
Related forms
affrontedly, adverb
affrontedness, noun
affronter, noun
affrontingly, adverb
reaffront, noun, verb (used with object)
unaffronted, adjective
1. impertinence; contumely, scorn; indignity, abuse, outrage. See insult. 3. insult, slight, abuse. Unabridged
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  • So far as I could gather, his modesty was affronted by this revelation of his lower legs.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • The driver was affronted, but the farmer pacified him by an appeal to his fear.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • That comforted him; since he had affronted her, he was reassured.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • "Which means that you don't know me," she replied, not at all affronted.

    Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge Pemberton Ginther
  • Her pride was affronted; and yet it was not as if an inferior had rebuked her.


    Stephen French Whitman
  • And I tell you plainly that you have affronted her for the very last time!

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • Rose caught it, and said, "Well, am I to be affronted any more?"

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • And worse than that, dear John, I got into a passion, and affronted her.

    Flora Lyndsay Susan Moodie
  • He could not put his finger on the exact trouble, but John Hunter was affronted.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
British Dictionary definitions for affronted


a deliberate insult
verb (transitive)
to insult, esp openly
to offend the pride or dignity of
(obsolete) to confront defiantly
Word Origin
C14: from Old French afronter to strike in the face, from Vulgar Latin affrontāre (unattested), from the Latin phrase ad frontem to the face
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Word Origin and History for affronted



1590s, from affront (v.).



early 14c., from Old French afronter "to face, confront, to slap in the face" (13c.), from Late Latin affrontare "to strike against," from Latin ad frontem "to the face," from frons (genitive frontis) "forehead" (see front (n.)). Related: Affronted; affronting.

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