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effrontery

[ih-fruhn-tuh-ree] /ɪˈfrʌn tə ri/
noun, plural effronteries.
1.
shameless or impudent boldness; barefaced audacity:
She had the effrontery to ask for two free samples.
2.
an act or instance of this.
Origin of effrontery
1705-1715
1705-15; < French effronterie, equivalent to Old French esfront shameless (es- ex-1 + front brow; see front) + -erie -ery
Synonyms
1. impertinence, impudence, cheek.
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  • You know that Milbrey girl must get her effrontery direct from where they make it.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • I could not but reflect how shocked our King would be to learn of this effrontery.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Will you have the effrontery to tell me that is the coast of Curacao?

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • He stumbled away to wash his hands, utterly crushed by her effrontery.

  • He stared at me a moment, as if my effrontery astonished him.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • The hunting of the one is carried on with self-restraint, of the others with effrontery.

    The Sportsman Xenophon
  • Even Ina Vandeman's effrontery wouldn't carry her to a finish on that.

  • There was a dash of heroism in their effrontery that pleased her.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • The odious woman had the effrontery to tell us so to our faces.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for effrontery

effrontery

/ɪˈfrʌntərɪ/
noun (pl) -ies
1.
shameless or insolent boldness; impudent presumption; audacity; temerity
Word Origin
C18: from French effronterie, from Old French esfront barefaced, shameless, from Late Latin effrons, literally: putting forth one's forehead; see front
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Word Origin and History for effrontery
n.

1715, from French effronterie, from effronté "shameless," from Old French esfronte "shameless, brazen," probably from Late Latin effrontem (nominative effrons) "barefaced," from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + frontem (nominative frons) "brow" (see front (n.)).

Latin frontus had a sense of "ability to blush," but the literal sense of effrontery often has been taken to be "putting forth the forehead." Forehead in Johnson's Dictionary (1755) has a secondary sense of "impudence; confidence; assurance; audaciousness; audacity."

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