- shameless or impudent boldness; barefaced audacity: She had the effrontery to ask for two free samples.
- an act or instance of this.
Origin of effrontery
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Related Words for effronterygall, presumption, chutzpah, self-confidence, crust, arrogance, lip, sauce, impudence, assurance, impertinence, temerity, incivility, brazenness, self-assurance, cheekiness, brashness, rudeness, brass, backtalk
Examples from the Web for effrontery
Contemporary Examples of effrontery
Last July in Moscow, Magnitsky was given a posthumous punishment for his effrontery by being put on trial for tax evasion.Don’t You Dare Call Russians Thin-Skinned!
February 5, 2014
Historical Examples of effrontery
You know that Milbrey girl must get her effrontery direct from where they make it.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I could not but reflect how shocked our King would be to learn of this effrontery.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Will you have the effrontery to tell me that is the coast of Curacao?Captain Blood
He stumbled away to wash his hands, utterly crushed by her effrontery.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
He stared at me a moment, as if my effrontery astonished him.The Strolling Saint
- shameless or insolent boldness; impudent presumption; audacity; temerity
Word Origin for effrontery
1715, from French effronterie, from effronté "shameless," from Old French esfronte "shameless, brazen," probably from Late Latin effrontem (nominative effrons) "barefaced," from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + frontem (nominative frons) "brow" (see front (n.)).
Latin frontus had a sense of "ability to blush," but the literal sense of effrontery often has been taken to be "putting forth the forehead." Forehead in Johnson's Dictionary (1755) has a secondary sense of "impudence; confidence; assurance; audaciousness; audacity."