Definition of affront in English:

affront

noun

  • An action or remark that causes outrage or offense.

    ‘he took his son's desertion as a personal affront’
    ‘privilege publicly worn is an affront to democracy’
    • ‘Limits upon personal freedom and choice are an affront to all that is sacred.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘To say so would be an affront to the overwhelming majority of conscientious people of both communities.’
    • ‘Articles of this sort are an affront to those who died.’
    • ‘It was an affront to the English language and an offence against all educated people.’
    • ‘‘Homelessness in all its forms is an affront to social justice,’ he said.’
    • ‘Excluding an individual on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation is an affront to that person's dignity.’
    • ‘The conduct that has come to light is an affront to the most basic standards of morality and decency.’
    • ‘All, however, recognized that it was an affront to academic freedom and a violation of faculty autonomy.’
    • ‘This is not simply an affront to the detainees, but to all of us.’
    • ‘His ideas are obviously foolish, easily disproved, an affront to any reasoning person.’
    • ‘It is an affront to anyone with any sense of human dignity and common decency, regardless of where they stand on the issue.’
    • ‘I don't consider an insensitive person who won't pick up after their dog an affront to my personal beliefs.’
    • ‘It is an affront to normal, decent, peace-abiding people of the civilised world.’
    insult, offence, indignity, slight, snub, slur, aspersion, provocation, injury, put down, humiliation
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually be affronted
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Joel looked slightly affronted by that question but smiled.’
    • ‘Martin looked at me, pretending to be highly affronted, but the other cashier chose this moment to intervene.’
    • ‘Her expression was slightly affronted, slightly embarrassed as she opened her mouth to refute his suggestion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Philip was not affronted; he was too amazed to notice a mere lack of courtesy.’
    • ‘That way, those who did not wish to be affronted by this would know to stay away.’
    • ‘‘It's actually a caramel mocha, to be precise,’ she corrected, looking rather affronted by my attitude.’
    • ‘They are extremely affronted if their presence is in any way demeaned or overlooked.’
    • ‘‘You were affronted when you were hit and decided to exact revenge,’ the Judge told him.’
    • ‘Many are even infuriated and feel affronted by these results.’
    • ‘She thought maybe the shocked silence that followed affronted Lily more than any response would have.’
    • ‘The Ambassador was slightly affronted, but nevertheless he made some transmissions.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, she appears affronted by the criticism.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/əˈfrənt//əˈfrənt/