Definition of affront in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈfrənt/


An action or remark that causes outrage or offense: he took his son’s desertion as a personal affront privilege publicly worn is an affront to democracy
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  • I don't consider an insensitive person who won't pick up after their dog an affront to my personal beliefs.
  • His no-show for any reason other than a personal trauma is a disgrace and an affront to local democracy.
  • 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’.
insult, offense, indignity, slight, snub, put-down, provocation, injury;
outrage, atrocity, scandal
informal slap in the face, kick in the teeth


[with object] (usually be affronted)
Offend the modesty or values of: she was affronted by his familiarity
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  • She was affronted by this terrible slight on her husband's generosity.
  • Joel looked slightly affronted by that question but smiled.
  • I was slightly affronted that he seemed to know more about it than I did.
insult, offend, mortify, provoke, pique, wound, hurt;
put out, irk, displease, bother, rankle, vex, gall;
outrage, scandalize, disgust
informal put someone's back up, needle


Middle English (as a verb): from Old French afronter 'to slap in the face, insult', based on Latin ad frontem 'to the face'.

  • confront from mid 16th century:

    If you confront someone you are literally face to face with them. It comes from Latin confrontare, formed from con- ‘with’ and frons, front- ‘face’. Similarly affront (Middle English) comes from an Old French source meaning ‘to strike someone on the forehead, insult them to their face’ from Latin ad frontem ‘to the face’.

Words that rhyme with affront

blunt, brunt, bunt, confront, front, Granth, grunt, hunt, mahant, runt, shunt, stunt, up-front

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Syllabification: af·front

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