verb (used with object)
Origin of affront
Synonyms for affront
Related Words for affrontingannoy, criticize, pique, slight, taunt, displease, slander, vex, face, offend, anger, abuse, confront, outrage, meet, provoke, encounter, dispraise
Examples from the Web for affronting
Contemporary Examples of affronting
Charlier said the Venetians had been nervous of affronting the artists.My Biennale Favorites
June 8, 2009
Historical Examples of affronting
“Allah preserve us from affronting him,” whispered the caliph.The Pacha of Many Tales
I could not, were my very life at stake, think of affronting them by not doffing my hat.The Disowned, Complete
And turned off for pinching the duenna, or affronting my lady's waiting-woman?The Abbot
Sir Walter Scott
As if he felt himself full to the throat with affronting sentiments.Our Mutual Friend
Somehow the old unbridled passions rose up within me and I succeeded in affronting Edmée with my fierce speech.
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.