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A person who is or has been affronted; an insulted or offended person.
1Originally Heraldry. Of two figures in a design: facing each other. Compare "affronted", "confronté". Now rare.
2Heraldry. Of a figure: facing the viewer; showing the full face.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834), poet, critic, and philosopher. From affront + -ee, after affronter<br>early 18th century; earliest use found in Alexander Nisbet (1657–1725), heraldic writer. From French affronté (of two figures) facing one another, face-to-face, use as adjective of the past participle of affronter.
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