[ ih-fruhn-tuh-ree ]
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noun,plural ef·fron·ter·ies.
  1. shameless or impudent boldness; barefaced audacity: She had the effrontery to ask for two free samples.

  2. an act or instance of this.

Origin of effrontery

1705–15; <French effronterie, equivalent to Old French esfront shameless (es-ex-1 + front brow; see front) + -erie-ery

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How to use effrontery in a sentence

  • Last July in Moscow, Magnitsky was given a posthumous punishment for his effrontery by being put on trial for tax evasion.

  • Without real and ingenious effrontery there is not doing anything at court.

  • She had the effrontery to hold the baby up, with his little naked legs kicking in Tanqueray's face.

    The Creators | May Sinclair
  • How dared he have the effrontery to intrude his unclean carcass betwixt the wind and our nobility?

    The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
  • The old Bohemian was there, in a humble attitude, little conformable with the effrontery natural to his race.

    Michael Strogoff | Jules Verne

British Dictionary definitions for effrontery


/ (ɪˈfrʌntərɪ) /

nounplural -ies
  1. shameless or insolent boldness; impudent presumption; audacity; temerity

Origin of effrontery

C18: from French effronterie, from Old French esfront barefaced, shameless, from Late Latin effrons, literally: putting forth one's forehead; see front

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