affront

[ uh-fruhnt ]
/ əˈfrʌnt /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. affreightment,
  2. affricate,
  3. affrication,
  4. affricative,
  5. affright,
  6. affrontive,
  7. afft.,
  8. affusion,
  9. afg,
  10. afg.

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

SYNONYMS FOR affront
1. impertinence; contumely, scorn; indignity, abuse, outrage. See insult. 3. insult, slight, abuse.

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British Dictionary definitions for affront

affront

/ (əˈfrʌnt) /

noun

a deliberate insult

verb (tr)

to insult, esp openly
to offend the pride or dignity of
obsolete to confront defiantly

Word Origin for affront

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 affront
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