noun, plural ef·fron·ter·ies.
- effort bargain,
- effort syndrome,
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
noun plural -ies
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."