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Insolent or impertinent behavior.‘one juror had the effrontery to challenge the coroner's decision’
impudence, impertinence, cheek, insolence, cheekiness, audacity, temerity, brazenness, forwardness, front, presumption, nerve, gall, pertness, boldness, shamelessness, impoliteness, disrespect, bad manners, unmannerliness, overfamiliarityView synonyms
- ‘The music was what counted but the cockiness, the combination of arrogance and provocation, the sheer effrontery was thrilling to witness.’
- ‘For his effrontery he was rewarded with the Home Ministry!’
- ‘He then committed several acts of brazen effrontery.’
- ‘On the whole, however, he carries the reader with him by sheer effrontery.’
- ‘With breathtaking effrontery, Cameron finally segues seamlessly into a little sci-fi fantasy showing his scientists discovering an alien city on another planet complete with bug-eyed aliens.’
- ‘I know he doesn't hear that one much because he managed to communicate stunned, silent disapproval at my effrontery over the telephone.’
- ‘The version I drove costs a simply staggering £30,900 and then they have the bare-faced effrontery to whack on another £350 for metallic paint.’
- ‘But O'Duffy's admiration for the sheer effrontery of the man persisted, and he arranged for another trial to be held in conjunction with the Irish championships.’
- ‘He said: ‘The sheer effrontery of Kennet in failing to consult even the local members beggars belief.’’
- ‘Then, at a time like this our councillors have the mindless effrontery to propose a 16 per cent tax increase.’
- ‘Proposing the motion, he said ‘Such a practice is a petty and heartless effrontery to the most vulnerable and deserving section of our society.’’
- ‘Obviously, I'm not Catholic, but I think it takes a lot of effrontery for the media to try to dictate the doctrine for Catholics.’
- ‘As for this ‘cross party reform group’, I can think of nothing less democratic or more dangerous; and what effrontery to ask us to support them.’
- ‘What worries me is the sheer effrontery, the level of twistedness implicit in what he is doing.’
- ‘A lot of it's just effrontery, sheer brazen nerve, and a sort of monstrous cockiness.’
- ‘With brazen effrontery, however, they painted themselves as martyrs for freedom.’
- ‘Even the French, accustomed to such effrontery from their leaders, especially their current one, could only gasp in disbelief, or at least shrug their shoulders in resignation.’
- ‘But the police and a jingoistic public ensure that such effrontery is suitably decried and the witnesses end up regretting having spoken the truth.’
- ‘He'd come over to confront Stan and Tiny and to tell them exactly what he thought of their effrontery, but held back the accusation for want of proof.’
- ‘Various VIPs were attracted by their effrontery.’
Late 17th century: from French effronterie, based on late Latin effrons, effront- ‘shameless, barefaced’, from ex- ‘out’ + frons ‘forehead’.
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