- 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.
- 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
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Related Words for affrontedannoy, criticize, pique, slight, taunt, displease, slander, vex, face, offend, anger, abuse, confront, outrage, meet, provoke, encounter, dispraise
Examples from the Web for affronted
Contemporary Examples of affronted
Soldera comes across like that uncle who, once affronted, crosses you off forever.Brunello’s King Lear: Gianfranco Soldera Reflects on the Attack on His Wine
December 8, 2013
Historical Examples of affronted
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
That comforted him; since he had affronted her, he was reassured.Scaramouche
"Which means that you don't know me," she replied, not at all affronted.Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge
Her pride was affronted; and yet it was not as if an inferior had rebuked her.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
- a deliberate insult
- to insult, esp openly
- to offend the pride or dignity of
- obsolete to confront defiantly
Word Origin for affront
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.