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effrontery

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

noun

[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.
Synonyms
answering back, talking back
informal brass, brass neck, neck, face, lip, mouth, cockiness
British informal sauce
Scottish informal snash
North American informal sass, sassiness, nerviness, chutzpah, back talk
informal , dated hide
British informal , dated crust, backchat
rare malapertness, 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

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with effrontery

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