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 formsaf·front·ed·ly, adverbaf·front·ed·ness, nounaf·front·er, nounaf·front·ing·ly, adverbre·af·front, noun, verb (used with object)un·af·front·ed, adjective

Synonyms for affront

1. impertinence; contumely, scorn; indignity, abuse, outrage. See insult. 3. insult, slight, abuse. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for affronted

Contemporary Examples of affronted

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

    Hall Caine

  • That comforted him; since he had affronted her, he was reassured.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for affronted



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 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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