- 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 democracyMore example sentences
- 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’.
verb[with object] (usually be affronted) Back to top
- Offend the modesty or values of: she was affronted by his familiarityMore example sentences
- 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.
Middle English (as a verb): from Old French afronter 'to slap in the face, insult', based on Latin ad frontem 'to the face'.