Verb affront Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


affront (third-person singular simple present affronts, present participle affronting, simple past and past participle affronted)

  1. To insult intentionally, especially openly.
  2. To meet defiantly; to confront.
  3. (obsolete) To meet or encounter face to face.

More definition:

1.a personally offensive act or word; deliberate act or display of disrespect; intentional slight; insult, an affront to the king. offense to one's dignity or self-respect. offend by an open manifestation of disrespect or insolence, His speech affronted all of us. make ashamed or confused; embarrass.

5.Archaic. to front; face; look on.

6.Obsolete. to meet or encounter face to face; confront.

1. a deliberate insult verb (transitive)

2. to insult, esp openly

3. to offend the pride or dignity of

4. (obsolete) to confront defiantly Word OriginC14, from Old French afronter to strike in the face, from Vulgar Latin affrontāre (unattested), from the Latin phrase ad frontem to the faceCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 14c., from Old French afronter "to face, confront, to slap in the face" (13c.), from Late Latin affrontare "to strike against," from Latin ad frontem "to the face," from frons (genitive frontis) "forehead" (see front (n.)). Related, Affronted; affronting.
1590s, from affront (v.).


"By letting them attack you, Harmony made a personal affront to the Dark One," Gabriel explained.

He feels it was an affront to him because the betrayer who murdered our father came from his family.

In June 1805 there came a last and intolerable affront to the emperors of Austria and Russia, who at that very time were seeking to put bounds to Napoleons ambition and to redress the balance of power.

To have done so would have been a mortal affront to his ally, Austria.

Catherine de' Medici was greatly incensed at this affront, and took her revenge by having the constable disgraced on the death of Henry II.

Revenge for an affront, massacred all the men capable of bearing arms in Alexandria.

Moreover, it was an affront, in particular, for the sons of Walid I., who already had considered the nomination of Yazid II.

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