shameless or impudent boldness; barefaced audacity: She had the effrontery to ask for two free samples.
an act or instance of this.
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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.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
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
Some of the senators doubted that the President had such "daring effrontery" as to ask for such power.Select Speeches of Daniel Webster | Daniel Webster
British Dictionary definitions for effrontery
shameless or insolent boldness; impudent presumption; audacity; temerity
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