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’
    • ‘It is an affront to normal, decent, peace-abiding people of the civilised world.’
    • ‘This is not simply an affront to the detainees, but to all of us.’
    • ‘Articles of this sort are an affront to those who died.’
    • ‘We weren't the least bit insulted at such an affront to our then easy going, leisurely ways.’
    • ‘A political programme that erodes human dignity is an affront to all of us, and deserves condemnation from every pulpit in the land.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘‘Homelessness in all its forms is an affront to social justice,’ he said.’
    • ‘Limits upon personal freedom and choice are an affront to all that is sacred.’
    • ‘The conduct that has come to light is an affront to the most basic standards of morality and decency.’
    • ‘I don't consider an insensitive person who won't pick up after their dog an affront to my personal beliefs.’
    • ‘His ideas are obviously foolish, easily disproved, an affront to any reasoning person.’
    • ‘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 no-show for any reason other than a personal trauma is a disgrace and an affront to local democracy.’
    • ‘The Foreign Affairs spokesman said this attempt to bypass the people would be an affront to democracy.’
    • ‘All, however, recognized that it was an affront to academic freedom and a violation of faculty autonomy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is an affront to anyone with any sense of human dignity and common decency, regardless of where they stand on the issue.’
    • ‘It was an affront to the English language and an offence against all educated people.’
    • ‘To say so would be an affront to the overwhelming majority of conscientious people of both communities.’
    • ‘Excluding an individual on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation is an affront to that person's dignity.’
    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’
    • ‘Philip was not affronted; he was too amazed to notice a mere lack of courtesy.’
    • ‘The Ambassador was slightly affronted, but nevertheless he made some transmissions.’
    • ‘They are extremely affronted if their presence is in any way demeaned or overlooked.’
    • ‘I was slightly affronted that he seemed to know more about it than I did.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Martin looked at me, pretending to be highly affronted, but the other cashier chose this moment to intervene.’
    • ‘‘It's actually a caramel mocha, to be precise,’ she corrected, looking rather affronted by my attitude.’
    • ‘Joel looked slightly affronted by that question but smiled.’
    • ‘She was affronted by this terrible slight on her husband's generosity.’
    • ‘Her expression was slightly affronted, slightly embarrassed as she opened her mouth to refute his suggestion.’
    • ‘She thought maybe the shocked silence that followed affronted Lily more than any response would have.’
    • ‘Many are even infuriated and feel affronted by these results.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, she appears affronted by the criticism.’
    • ‘They would be affronted if they were accused of not having ‘the vaguest contact’ with modernity.’
    • ‘Jack spun round, affronted by this assault on his dignity.’
    • ‘That way, those who did not wish to be affronted by this would know to stay away.’
    • ‘Some were affronted that he brought into daylight memories best elided.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘You were affronted when you were hit and decided to exact revenge,’ the Judge told him.’
    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/