Definition of affront in English:


Syllabification: af·front
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) Back to top  


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

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