Definition of affront in English:

affront

noun

  • An action or remark that causes outrage or offence.

    ‘he took his son's desertion as a personal affront’
    ‘the sackings were an affront to justice’
    • ‘This is not simply an affront to the detainees, but to all of us.’
    • ‘It is an affront to anyone with any sense of human dignity and common decency, regardless of where they stand on the issue.’
    • ‘Excluding an individual on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation is an affront to that person's dignity.’
    • ‘That the power to deny anything from occupying city land rests in the hands of city hall is an affront to the real owners of that land - the people who live in the city.’
    • ‘His ideas are obviously foolish, easily disproved, an affront to any reasoning person.’
    • ‘‘Homelessness in all its forms is an affront to social justice,’ he said.’
    • ‘A political programme that erodes human dignity is an affront to all of us, and deserves condemnation from every pulpit in the land.’
    • ‘To say so would be an affront to the overwhelming majority of conscientious people of both communities.’
    • ‘The conduct that has come to light is an affront to the most basic standards of morality and decency.’
    • ‘The Foreign Affairs spokesman said this attempt to bypass the people would be an affront to democracy.’
    • ‘Articles of this sort are an affront to those who died.’
    • ‘All, however, recognized that it was an affront to academic freedom and a violation of faculty autonomy.’
    • ‘Limits upon personal freedom and choice are an affront to all that is sacred.’
    • ‘We weren't the least bit insulted at such an affront to our then easy going, leisurely ways.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘It is an affront to normal, decent, peace-abiding people of the civilised world.’
    • ‘The fence itself took less than three minutes to come down as people attacked what was widely perceived to be an affront to freedom of assembly and speech.’
    • ‘His no-show for any reason other than a personal trauma is a disgrace and an affront to local democracy.’
    • ‘It was an affront to the English language and an offence against all educated people.’
    • ‘I don't consider an insensitive person who won't pick up after their dog an affront to my personal beliefs.’
    insult, offence, indignity, slight, snub, slur, aspersion, provocation, injury, put down, humiliation
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verb

[with object]
  • Offend the modesty or values of.

    ‘she was affronted by his familiarity’
    • ‘He said he was affronted at suggestions he could have been responsible for the leak.’
    • ‘He was genuinely affronted and mystified I'd not done this.’
    • ‘I was slightly affronted that he seemed to know more about it than I did.’
    • ‘She was affronted by this terrible slight on her husband's generosity.’
    • ‘‘You were affronted when you were hit and decided to exact revenge,’ the Judge told him.’
    • ‘She thought maybe the shocked silence that followed affronted Lily more than any response would have.’
    • ‘Some were affronted that he brought into daylight memories best elided.’
    • ‘Martin looked at me, pretending to be highly affronted, but the other cashier chose this moment to intervene.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, she appears affronted by the criticism.’
    • ‘They would be affronted if they were accused of not having ‘the vaguest contact’ with modernity.’
    • ‘They are extremely affronted if their presence is in any way demeaned or overlooked.’
    • ‘‘It's actually a caramel mocha, to be precise,’ she corrected, looking rather affronted by my attitude.’
    • ‘That way, those who did not wish to be affronted by this would know to stay away.’
    • ‘Jack spun round, affronted by this assault on his dignity.’
    • ‘Many are even infuriated and feel affronted by these results.’
    • ‘Philip was not affronted; he was too amazed to notice a mere lack of courtesy.’
    • ‘It wasn't bad quality football that I feared, but the vocal opinions of those affronted by coverage of women playing a ‘man's’ game.’
    • ‘Joel looked slightly affronted by that question but smiled.’
    • ‘The Ambassador was slightly affronted, but nevertheless he made some transmissions.’
    • ‘Her expression was slightly affronted, slightly embarrassed as she opened her mouth to refute his suggestion.’
    insult, offend, outrage, mortify, provoke, slight, hurt, pique, wound, put out, irk, displease, distress, bother, rankle, needle, vex, gall, scandalize, disgust, disgruntle, put someone's back up, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

affront

/əˈfrʌnt/