verb (used with object)
Origin of affront
Examples from the Web for affront
Historically, conservatives treated the minimum wage as an affront to free labor and a step on a slippery slope towards statism.To Make Their Victory Durable, the GOP Must Fix the Minimum Wage|Dmitri Mehlhorn|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The reality-based community might have a difficult time fending off these two fronts of affront.
What had been shrugged off in, say, California, was greeted in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Ohio, and Michigan as an affront.Pancakes and Pickaninnies: The Saga of ‘Sambo’s,’ The ‘Racist’ Restaurant Chain America Once Loved|Andrew Romano|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rape and sexual assault on college campuses are “an affront to our basic decency and humanity,” President Obama said yesterday.
This affront to common sense and common decency is difficult to defend.
He thought it an affront to his own person that that of his daughter should be so tranquilly regarded.Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
To one like Danjou, spoiled with every kind of success, the affront was deadly.The Immortal|Alphonse Daudet
A crime and an outrage he called it, an affront to the industry and to the public.Astounding Stories, August, 1931|Various
Isabel had been a little in advance, and had not seen and heard the affront, but she was in thorough sympathy with her mother.A Reconstructed Marriage|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
They are the silent traytors that affront majesty, and abuse all authority, under the colour of an Imprimatur.Microcosmography|John Earle
Word Origin for affront
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.
1590s, from affront (v.).