- Insolent or impertinent behaviour: one juror had the effrontery to challenge the coroner’s decisionMore example sentences
impudence, impertinence, cheek, insolence, cheekiness, audacity, temerity, brazenness, forwardness, front, presumption, nerve, gall, pertness, boldness, shamelessness, impoliteness, disrespect, bad manners, unmannerliness, overfamiliarity; answering back, talking backBritish • informal sauceScottish • informal snash• informal , • dated hideBritish • informal , • dated crust, backchat• rare malapertness, contumely, procacity, assumptiondare, 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
- 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.
late 17th century: from French effronterie, based on late Latin effrons, effront- 'shameless, barefaced', from ex- 'out' + frons 'forehead'.