- 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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Examples from the Web for affronting
Charlier said the Venetians had been nervous of affronting the artists.My Biennale Favorites
June 8, 2009
“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.
- a deliberate insult
- to insult, esp openly
- to offend the pride or dignity of
- obsolete to confront defiantly
Word Origin and History for affronting
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.