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Meaning of AFFRONT

Pronunciation:  u'frunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of an affront; "turning his back on me was a deliberate insult"
  2. [v]  treat, mention, or speak to rudely; "He insulted her with his rude remarks"

AFFRONT is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: insult, insult
 See Also: bruise, discourtesy, hurt, indignity, injure, offence, offend, offense, offensive activity, outrage, scandalisation, scandalization, spite, wound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Af*front"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Affronted}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Affronting}.] [OF. afronter, F. affronter, to
    confront, LL. affrontare to strike against, fr. L. ad + frons
    forehead, front. See {Front}.]
    1. To front; to face in position; to meet or encounter face
       to face. [Obs.]
             All the sea-coasts do affront the Levant. --Holland.
             That he, as 't were by accident, may here Affront
             Ophelia.                              --Shak.
    2. To face in defiance; to confront; as, to affront death;
       hence, to meet in hostile encounter. [Archaic]
    3. To offend by some manifestation of disrespect; to insult
       to the face by demeanor or language; to treat with marked
             How can any one imagine that the fathers would have
             dared to affront the wife of Aurelius? --Addison.
    Syn: To insult; abuse; outrage; wound; illtreat; slight;
         defy; offend; provoke; pique; nettle.
  2. \Af*front"\, n. [Cf. F. affront, fr. affronter.]
    1. An encounter either friendly or hostile. [Obs.]
             I walked about, admired of all, and dreaded On
             hostile ground, none daring my affront. --Milton.
    2. Contemptuous or rude treatment which excites or justifies
       resentment; marked disrespect; a purposed indignity;
             Offering an affront to our understanding. --Addison.
    3. An offense to one's self-respect; shame. --Arbuthnot.
    Syn: {Affront}, {Insult}, {Outrage}.
    Usage: An affront is a designed mark of disrespect, usually
           in the presence of others. An insult is a personal
           attack either by words or actions, designed to
           humiliate or degrade. An outrage is an act of extreme
           and violent insult or abuse. An affront piques and
           mortifies; an insult irritates and provokes; an
           outrage wounds and injures.
                 Captious persons construe every innocent freedom
                 into an affront. When people are in a state of
                 animosity, they seek opportunities of offering
                 each other insults. Intoxication or violent
                 passion impels men to the commission of
                 outrages.                         --Crabb.
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