Definition of effrontery in English:

effrontery

noun

  • Insolent or impertinent behavior.

    ‘one juror had the effrontery to challenge the coroner's decision’
    • ‘The music was what counted but the cockiness, the combination of arrogance and provocation, the sheer effrontery was thrilling to witness.’
    • ‘He said: ‘The sheer effrontery of Kennet in failing to consult even the local members beggars belief.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then, at a time like this our councillors have the mindless effrontery to propose a 16 per cent tax increase.’
    • ‘A lot of it's just effrontery, sheer brazen nerve, and a sort of monstrous cockiness.’
    • ‘Proposing the motion, he said ‘Such a practice is a petty and heartless effrontery to the most vulnerable and deserving section of our society.’’
    • ‘Various VIPs were attracted by their effrontery.’
    • ‘I know he doesn't hear that one much because he managed to communicate stunned, silent disapproval at my effrontery over the telephone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What worries me is the sheer effrontery, the level of twistedness implicit in what he is doing.’
    • ‘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 then committed several acts of brazen effrontery.’
    • ‘But the police and a jingoistic public ensure that such effrontery is suitably decried and the witnesses end up regretting having spoken the truth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With brazen effrontery, however, they painted themselves as martyrs for freedom.’
    • ‘For his effrontery he was rewarded with the Home Ministry!’
    impudence, impertinence, cheek, insolence, cheekiness, audacity, temerity, brazenness, forwardness, front, presumption, nerve, gall, pertness, boldness, shamelessness, impoliteness, disrespect, bad manners, unmannerliness, overfamiliarity
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Origin

Late 17th century: from French effronterie, based on late Latin effrons, effront- ‘shameless, barefaced’, from ex- ‘out’ + frons ‘forehead’.

Pronunciation

effrontery

/əˈfrən(t)əri//əˈfrən(t)ərē/