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
You do yourself a disservice by fighting affronts with your sword of righteousness and terrible, swift retorts.
If these are deemed affronts, and the messengers punished as offenders, who will henceforth send petitions?The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2 | Egerton Ryerson
On the contrary, he treated as personal affronts the many insults offered to her.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall | W. R. H. Trowbridge
La Felina was an Italian, and those of that nation who receive affronts avenge them.
It was told in all public resorts how Ney had resented the rude affronts put on his wife by the Duchess of Angoulme.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
Nothing of that kind ever affronts me,I am far too busy to waste any thought on reviews or reviewers.The Sorrows of Satan | Marie Corelli
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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