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affront

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v affront treat, mention, or speak to rudely "He insulted her with his rude remarks","the student who had betrayed his classmate was dissed by everyone"
    • n affront a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect "turning his back on me was a deliberate insult"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Affront An encounter either friendly or hostile. "I walked about, admired of all, and dreaded
      On hostile ground, none daring my affront ."
    • Affront An offense to one's self-respect; shame.
    • Affront Contemptuous or rude treatment which excites or justifies resentment; marked disrespect; a purposed indignity; insult. "Offering an affront to our understanding."
    • Affront To face in defiance; to confront; as, to affront death; hence, to meet in hostile encounter.
    • Affront To front; to face in position; to meet or encounter face to face. "All the sea-coasts do affront the Levant.""That he, as 't were by accident, may here Affront Ophelia."
    • Affront To offend by some manifestation of disrespect; to insult to the face by demeanor or language; to treat with marked incivility. "How can any one imagine that the fathers would have dared to affront the wife of Aurelius?"
    • affront to receive an affront without open resentment, or without seeking redress.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • affront To meet or encounter face to face; confront; front; face.
    • affront 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.
    • affront To put out of countenance; make ashamed or confused; give a shock to.
    • n affront The act of opposing face to face; open defiance; encounter.
    • n affront A personally offensive act or word; an intentional or supercilious slight; an open manifestation of disrespect or contumely; an insult to the face.
    • n affront Shame; disgrace; anything producing a feeling of shame or disgrace.
    • n affront 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Affront af-frunt′ to meet face to face: to insult openly:
    • n Affront contemptuous treatment: an open insult: disgrace
    • v.t Affront af-frunt′ (Shak.) to throw one's self in the way of
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Quotations

  • Joseph Addison
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    “Young men soon give, and soon forget, affronts; old age is slow in both.”
  • Epictetus
    Epictetus
    “It is not he who gives abuse that affronts, but the view that we take of it as insulting; so that when one provokes you it is your own opinion which is provoking.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. afronter, F. affronter, to confront, LL. affrontare, to strike against, fr. L. ad, + frons, forehead, front. See Front
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. afronter—Low L. affrontāre—L. ad, to, front-, the forehead.

Usage

In literature:

He is a man of too much importance to risk affronts.
"A Terrible Temptation" by Charles Reade
Their behaviour to him, when they could not help seeing him, was very cold and disobliging; but as yet not directly affrontive.
"Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Do you intend to affront me before this gentleman?
"Joseph Andrews Vol. 1" by Henry Fielding
I do say that the affront such as has been put upon Islam cannot be repeated for a century.
"Freedom's Battle" by Mahatma Gandhi
I should be sorry to have my little girl affronted!
"Wyandotte" by James Fenimore Cooper
I am much affronted with you that you should have done so.
"The Story of the Champions of the Round Table" by Howard Pyle
He did not wish to affront her, but neither would he wear shoes and stockings with no one to make him.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
We came to make some proposals to you, for your good; though you affronted us so lately.
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
Lord Almeric swore, and Julia, affronted by the presence of strangers at such a time, drew back, frowning.
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
Even Ryder's acquaintance with Egypt could not tell him how that swift, confident eagerness of his could startle and affront.
"The Fortieth Door" by Mary Hastings Bradley
In the first place, to neglect one's dress is to affront all the female part of our acquaintance.
"The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant" by John Hamilton Moore
Florimel was stung with this affront, and the next day bespoke the puppet-show.
"The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899" by George A. Aitken
Damn him, I will affront him.
"The Works of Charles Lamb in Four Volumes, Volume 4" by Charles Lamb
The two performers were distant enough to be no affront to each other.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
But at the critical and dreadful moment of going ashore to affront the crowd she had a saving idea.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
So we can face the world,' the young King had blubbered, thinking that course the simplest answer to the affront upon his house.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
Respected as I am from the east to the west, I blush in being exposed to such an affront.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
The affront he conceived to have been laid upon him and upon the country he represented could only be wiped out by martial law.
"Drake, Nelson and Napoleon" by Walter Runciman
You shall render me good reason for this affront before I leave Whalley.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
If any one has affronted you, we will resent his insolence.
"The Arabian Nights" by Unknown
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In poetry:

O ill-requited bard! neglect
Thy living worth repaid,
And blind idolatrous respect
As much affronts thee dead.
"Stanzas On The Late Indecent Liberties Taken With The Remains Of The Great Milton" by William Cowper
"My purpose went not to develop
Such insight in Earthland;
Such potent appraisements affront me,
And sadden my reign!
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy
Rebukes are easy from our betters,
From men of quality and letters;
But when low dunces will affront,
What man alive can stand the brunt?
"The Sick Lion and the Ass" by Jonathan Swift
But why, though fruit be snatch'd from me,
Should I distrust the glorious Root;
And still affront the standing tree,
By trusting more to falling fruit?
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
Some are of iron, to affront the gay,
And some of bronze, to satirize the brave,
But most are merely a compost of clay
Cut in the sleepy features of a slave.
"The Golden Corpse" by Stephen Vincent Benet
I honor you, who, though refused, affronted,
Have heard the voice, and victory have won;
I honor you, who still by malice hunted,
Show miracles of faith and power done.
"To Missionary Skrefsrud In Santalistan" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

Illegal immigrants an affront to those here lawfully.
They are an affront to protected speech.
Open profession of atheism is almost unheard-of in Egypt and is widely considered an affront to society as a whole.
She says Morsy, Brotherhood pushing Islamist style power, their constitution an affront.
So, you really want the Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe, but its huge V8 engine is an affront to your eco-morality.
Yet, Michael consistently felt affronted by Jon Daniels' occasional desire to shed the contract.
The cartoon of Jesus in today's paper was an affront to a community in which Christianity guides the lives of many.
It was either a deliberate affront or a foolish jest.
At the time, tea was considered a luxury, and taking the time to drink it was an affront to the morals of frugality and restraint.
CBO Scoring a ' Fallacy, ' 'Slaughter Solution' an 'Affront to the American People'.
Ciambrone calls it 'an affront to Illinois racing'.
Book burning is just the latest affront on a long list of offenses that have raised tensions in Afghanistan to a boiling point.
Much of the thrill of a Lang Lang concert is the anticipation of what shiny new affront to good taste he's added to his wardrobe.
Affronted by Nude ' Last Supper, ' Giuliani Calls for Decency Panel.
This inevitably triggers an impassioned debate over whether the event is a cute tradition or a racist affront to Dutch society.
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