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