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effrontery Line breaks: ef¦front|ery
Pronunciation: /ɪˈfrʌnt(ə)ri/

Definition of effrontery in English:


[mass noun]
Insolent or impertinent behaviour: one juror had the effrontery to challenge the coroner’s decision
More example sentences
  • A lot of it's just effrontery, sheer brazen nerve, and a sort of monstrous cockiness.
  • With brazen effrontery, however, they painted themselves as martyrs for freedom.
  • He then committed several acts of brazen effrontery.
answering back, talking back
informalbrass, brass neck, neck, face, lip, mouth, cockiness
British informalsauce
Scottish informalsnash
North American informalsass, sassiness, nerviness, chutzpah, back talk
informal, , datedhide
British informal, , datedcrust, backchat
raremalapertness, contumely, procacity, assumption
dare, make so bold as, be so bold as, presume, have the temerity, have the audacity, have the nerve, be brave enough, have the courage, go so far as;
take the liberty of


Late 17th century: from French effronterie, based on late Latin effrons, effront- 'shameless, barefaced', from ex- 'out' + frons 'forehead'.

Words that rhyme with effrontery

introductory • adultery

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