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.
- af·front·ed·ly, adverb
- af·front·ed·ness, noun
- af·front·er, noun
- af·front·ing·ly, adverb
- re·af·front, noun, verb (used with object)
- un·af·front·ed, adjective
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How to use affront in a sentence
Meanwhile, a new generation of “wolf warrior” diplomats peddle conspiracy theories and lash out at perceived affronts.How Jin Liqun Charted an Independent Course for China's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank | Charlie Campbell / Beijing | February 19, 2021 | Time
“It’s an outright affront to the government in its entirety,” says Antaeus Edelsohn, a University of Richmond law student and vexillology enthusiast.Decoding the flags and banners seen at the Capitol Hill insurrection | Amanda Shendruk | January 7, 2021 | Quartz
Every executive order is a tyrannical affront to the Constitution.How Democrats should wage war on coming GOP obstructionism | Paul Waldman | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
Spears’s slick, breezy pop was an affront to rockist sensibilities, and claiming that Spears was fake was an easy way to dismiss her.Why Britney Spears’s fans are convinced she’s being held captive | Constance Grady | November 11, 2020 | Vox
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 | Alice Feiring | December 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Indeed, when his Democratic opponent challenged his pro-choice bona fides, he acted affronted.
Not only was he annoyed, but he considered himself affronted by what seemed to him an unjust criticism.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
And now you blame me,” cried I, “because I canna laugh and sing as if I was glad to be affronted.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
At my first appearance, many of the young members affronted me highly, and demanded several scurrilous questions.Witch, Warlock, and Magician | William Henry Davenport Adams
Joan, affronted by the savage impertinence, met her eyes defiantly, not giving an inch before the unexpected charge.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek | George W. Ogden
Into Natalie Weymans darkening eyes flared an expression of affronted surprise.Marjorie Dean College Freshman | Pauline Lester
British Dictionary definitions for affront
a deliberate insult
to insult, esp openly
to offend the pride or dignity of
obsolete to confront defiantly
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