noun, plural ef·fron·ter·ies.
Origin of effrontery
Examples from the Web for effrontery
Last July in Moscow, Magnitsky was given a posthumous punishment for his effrontery by being put on trial for tax evasion.
There was certainly some effrontery in such a statement, considering the solemn offer which had just been made by the envoys.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume III.(of III) 1574-84|John Lothrop Motley
And then he has the effrontery to compare my work with that bureau!Poor Relations|Compton Mackenzie
Nothing could be more perfect than her manner,—calm, without any effrontery; assured, and yet no sacrifice of delicacy.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)|Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for effrontery
noun plural -ies
Word Origin for effrontery
Word Origin and History 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."