affront vs effrontery

affront effrontery


  • 1) An open or intentional offense, slight, or insult.
  • 2) obsolete A hostile encounter or meeting.
  • 3) Obsolete A hostile encounter or meeting.
  • 4) An offense to one's self-respect; shame.
  • 5) Contemptuous or rude treatment which excites or justifies resentment; marked disrespect; a purposed indignity; insult.
  • 6) obsolete An encounter either friendly or hostile.
  • 7) A personally offensive act or word; an intentional or supercilious slight; an open manifestation of disrespect or contumely; an insult to the face.
  • 8) The act of opposing face to face; open defiance; encounter.
  • 9) Shame; disgrace; anything producing a feeling of shame or disgrace.
  • 10) Synonyms Affront, Insult, Indignity, Outrage, provocation, impertinence, offense, rudeness. These words express disrespect shown in a way that is, or is meant to be, galling. An affront is generally open and to the face. An insult is stronger, perhaps accompanied by more insolence of manner; it is a deeper disgrace and a greater injury to the feelings of its object. An indignity is, specifically, treatment that is unworthy — an affront, insult, injury, or outrage from which one's condition or character should have saved one: as, Zenobia was subjected to the indignity of being led in chains at Aurelian's triumph. An outrage, primarily involving the idea of violence to the person, is a wanton transgression of law or propriety in any way, the perpetration of that which is shamefully contrary to the dictates of humanity or even decency; toward a person it is a combination of insult with indignity; hence it often stands for extreme abusiveness of language. It has freedom of use sufficient to make proper such expressions as, an outrage to his feelings, an outrage to all decency.
  • 11) To insult intentionally, especially openly.
  • 12) obsolete To meet or encounter face to face.
  • 13) To meet defiantly; to confront.
  • 14) To meet or encounter face to face; confront; front; face.
  • 15) To put out of countenance; make ashamed or confused; give a shock to.
  • 16) To offend by an open manifestation of disrespect; put a slight upon; offend by effrontery or insolence: as, to affront one by doubting his word; an affronting speech.
  • 17) To meet defiantly; confront.
  • 18) Obsolete To meet or encounter (another) face to face.
  • 19) To insult intentionally, especially openly. synonym: offend.
  • 20) obsolete To front; to face in position; to meet or encounter face to face.
  • 21) To offend by some manifestation of disrespect; to insult to the face by demeanor or language; to treat with marked incivility.
  • 22) Archaic To face in defiance; to confront; ; hence, to meet in hostile encounter.


  • 1) Insolent and shameless audacity.
  • 2) An act of insolent and shameless audacity.
  • 3) Brazen boldness; presumptuousness.
  • 4) Impudence or boldness in confronting or in transgressing the bounds of duty or decorum; insulting presumptuousness; shameless boldness; barefaced assurance.
  • 5) Synonyms Impertinence, etc. (see impudence); hardihood, audacity. See list under impertinence.
  • 6) Assurance; shamelessness; sauciness; impudence or boldness in transgressing the bounds of modesty, propreity, duty, etc.: as, the effrontery of vice; their corrupt practices were pursued with bold effrontery.


  • 1) The U.S. hid the operation from Pakistan for fear that the raid plans would leak to militants, but the unilateral action brought protests from Pakistani leaders over what they called an affront to their sovereignty.
  • 2) The affront is the point here, these sorts of bills are almost exclusively written by people who want the RKBA destroyed.
  • 3) This is a plain affront to the intent of Congress when they passed FISA (and, ironically in the AH case, Congress would have gladly amended FISA had the administration proposed it).
  • 4) The affront is said to have taken place in the "Iron Blood Bulletin Board Community."
  • 5) Perhaps the biggest affront is to the music and lyrics of Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh.
  • 6) (That many Christians find even the existance of atheist an intolerable intellectual affront is shown by the common reaction to that quote, which reads it as teaching atheism (it doesn't) and attacking theism (which again, it does not).)
  • 7) This affront is exacerbated by the fact that he was in Cabo which the rich Gringos and Mexicans have appropriated from the locals for their sybaritic pleasures while the Mexican laborers who work to support the infrastructure of their exclusionary compounds live in distant tarpaper shacks because the Mexican government has not seen fit to force developers to provide decent housing for workers.
  • 8) ‘I don't consider an insensitive person who won't pick up after their dog an affront to my personal beliefs.’
  • 9) ‘His no-show for any reason other than a personal trauma is a disgrace and an affront to local democracy.’
  • 10) ‘At the time she said the ad was not intended to cause offence and described the ban as ‘absurd and an affront to the British sense of humour’.’
  • 11) ‘It was an affront to the English language and an offence against all educated people.’
  • 12) ‘The conduct that has come to light is an affront to the most basic standards of morality and decency.’
  • 13) ‘The Foreign Affairs spokesman said this attempt to bypass the people would be an affront to democracy.’
  • 14) ‘His ideas are obviously foolish, easily disproved, an affront to any reasoning person.’
  • 15) ‘We weren't the least bit insulted at such an affront to our then easy going, leisurely ways.’
  • 16) ‘Limits upon personal freedom and choice are an affront to all that is sacred.’
  • 17) ‘Excluding an individual on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation is an affront to that person's dignity.’
  • 18) ‘That the power to deny anything from occupying city land rests in the hands of city hall is an affront to the real owners of that land - the people who live in the city.’
  • 19) ‘The fence itself took less than three minutes to come down as people attacked what was widely perceived to be an affront to freedom of assembly and speech.’
  • 20) ‘To say so would be an affront to the overwhelming majority of conscientious people of both communities.’
  • 21) ‘It is an affront to normal, decent, peace-abiding people of the civilised world.’
  • 22) ‘All, however, recognized that it was an affront to academic freedom and a violation of faculty autonomy.’
  • 23) ‘‘Homelessness in all its forms is an affront to social justice,’ he said.’
  • 24) ‘This is not simply an affront to the detainees, but to all of us.’
  • 25) ‘A political programme that erodes human dignity is an affront to all of us, and deserves condemnation from every pulpit in the land.’
  • 26) ‘It is an affront to anyone with any sense of human dignity and common decency, regardless of where they stand on the issue.’
  • 27) ‘Articles of this sort are an affront to those who died.’
  • 28) ‘She was affronted by this terrible slight on her husband's generosity.’
  • 29) ‘Joel looked slightly affronted by that question but smiled.’
  • 30) ‘I was slightly affronted that he seemed to know more about it than I did.’
  • 31) ‘Her expression was slightly affronted, slightly embarrassed as she opened her mouth to refute his suggestion.’
  • 32) ‘The Ambassador was slightly affronted, but nevertheless he made some transmissions.’
  • 33) ‘It wasn't bad quality football that I feared, but the vocal opinions of those affronted by coverage of women playing a ‘man's’ game.’
  • 34) ‘‘You were affronted when you were hit and decided to exact revenge,’ the Judge told him.’
  • 35) ‘Nevertheless, she appears affronted by the criticism.’
  • 36) ‘He was genuinely affronted and mystified I'd not done this.’
  • 37) ‘Some were affronted that he brought into daylight memories best elided.’
  • 38) ‘They are extremely affronted if their presence is in any way demeaned or overlooked.’
  • 39) ‘That way, those who did not wish to be affronted by this would know to stay away.’
  • 40) ‘He said he was affronted at suggestions he could have been responsible for the leak.’
  • 41) ‘‘It's actually a caramel mocha, to be precise,’ she corrected, looking rather affronted by my attitude.’
  • 42) ‘Jack spun round, affronted by this assault on his dignity.’
  • 43) ‘Many are even infuriated and feel affronted by these results.’
  • 44) ‘They would be affronted if they were accused of not having ‘the vaguest contact’ with modernity.’
  • 45) ‘Martin looked at me, pretending to be highly affronted, but the other cashier chose this moment to intervene.’
  • 46) ‘She thought maybe the shocked silence that followed affronted Lily more than any response would have.’
  • 47) ‘Philip was not affronted; he was too amazed to notice a mere lack of courtesy.’


  • 1) We're going to laugh at your presumption and ego and effrontery and audacity.
  • 2) Yet there she was, and moving with a leisureliness that must be described as effrontery!
  • 3) Christian Sabbath, nor "approves the creed" of any orthodox denomination, to be lecturing a numerous body of Clergymen, as to what they ought or ought not to do, it is the culmination of all that is called effrontery!
  • 4) Their latest topic is the "effrontery" of ... digg
  • 5) Their latest topic is the "effrontery" of Jon Stewart who, by interviewing Jim Cramer, invaded their territory.
  • 6) So, I find I can't agree that his presence is an "effrontery," although I wholeheartedly agree that it is politically incongruous.
  • 7) Armond saw the same "effrontery" found in British punk, and the provocative words and song titles heard from The Smiths.
  • 8) And he, embarrassed and shaken for the moment by this sudden visitation, was still heartened and hardened into a kind of effrontery and gallantry such as he had not felt as yet in regard to her.
  • 9) This is a much more frequent cause than one might think of the exhibition of an effrontery which is apparently deliberate and intentional.
  • 10) They call loudly for the Knights, who enter as the Chorus to assist them against Cleon, encouraging the sausage-seller to show the brazen effrontery which is the mob-orator's sole protection, and to prove that a decent upbringing is meaningless.
  • 11) She returned to court nevertheless, and constantly denying her marriage, fought it out with the effrontery which is so easily forgiven, in fashionable life, to youth, wit, and beauty.
  • 12) ‘A lot of it's just effrontery, sheer brazen nerve, and a sort of monstrous cockiness.’
  • 13) ‘With brazen effrontery, however, they painted themselves as martyrs for freedom.’
  • 14) ‘He then committed several acts of brazen effrontery.’
  • 15) ‘The version I drove costs a simply staggering £30,900 and then they have the bare-faced effrontery to whack on another £350 for metallic paint.’
  • 16) ‘The music was what counted but the cockiness, the combination of arrogance and provocation, the sheer effrontery was thrilling to witness.’
  • 17) ‘With breathtaking effrontery, Cameron finally segues seamlessly into a little sci-fi fantasy showing his scientists discovering an alien city on another planet complete with bug-eyed aliens.’
  • 18) ‘He said: ‘The sheer effrontery of Kennet in failing to consult even the local members beggars belief.’’
  • 19) ‘Proposing the motion, he said ‘Such a practice is a petty and heartless effrontery to the most vulnerable and deserving section of our society.’’
  • 20) ‘But O'Duffy's admiration for the sheer effrontery of the man persisted, and he arranged for another trial to be held in conjunction with the Irish championships.’
  • 21) ‘Even the French, accustomed to such effrontery from their leaders, especially their current one, could only gasp in disbelief, or at least shrug their shoulders in resignation.’
  • 22) ‘Various VIPs were attracted by their effrontery.’
  • 23) ‘As for this ‘cross party reform group’, I can think of nothing less democratic or more dangerous; and what effrontery to ask us to support them.’
  • 24) ‘I know he doesn't hear that one much because he managed to communicate stunned, silent disapproval at my effrontery over the telephone.’
  • 25) ‘But the police and a jingoistic public ensure that such effrontery is suitably decried and the witnesses end up regretting having spoken the truth.’
  • 26) ‘Obviously, I'm not Catholic, but I think it takes a lot of effrontery for the media to try to dictate the doctrine for Catholics.’
  • 27) ‘He'd come over to confront Stan and Tiny and to tell them exactly what he thought of their effrontery, but held back the accusation for want of proof.’
  • 28) ‘For his effrontery he was rewarded with the Home Ministry!’
  • 29) ‘What worries me is the sheer effrontery, the level of twistedness implicit in what he is doing.’
  • 30) ‘Then, at a time like this our councillors have the mindless effrontery to propose a 16 per cent tax increase.’
  • 31) ‘On the whole, however, he carries the reader with him by sheer effrontery.’

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