Definitions for: Affront

[n] a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of an affront; "turning his back on me was a deliberate insult"
[v] treat, mention, or speak to rudely; "He insulted her with his rude remarks"

Webster (1913) Definition: Af*front", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Affronted; p. pr. &
vb. n. Affronting.] [OF. afronter, F. affronter, to
confront, LL. affrontare to strike against, fr. L. ad + frons
forehead, front. See Front.]
1. To front; to face in position; to meet or encounter face
to face. [Obs.]

All the sea-coasts do affront the Levant. --Holland.

That he, as 't were by accident, may here Affront
Ophelia. --Shak.

2. To face in defiance; to confront; as, to affront death;
hence, to meet in hostile encounter. [Archaic]

3. To offend by some manifestation of disrespect; to insult
to the face by demeanor or language; to treat with marked

How can any one imagine that the fathers would have
dared to affront the wife of Aurelius? --Addison.

Syn: To insult; abuse; outrage; wound; illtreat; slight;
defy; offend; provoke; pique; nettle.

Af*front", n. [Cf. F. affront, fr. affronter.]
1. An encounter either friendly or hostile. [Obs.]

I walked about, admired of all, and dreaded On
hostile ground, none daring my affront. --Milton.

2. Contemptuous or rude treatment which excites or justifies
resentment; marked disrespect; a purposed indignity;

Offering an affront to our understanding. --Addison.

3. An offense to one's self-respect; shame. --Arbuthnot.

Syn: Affront, Insult, Outrage.

Usage: An affront is a designed mark of disrespect, usually
in the presence of others. An insult is a personal
attack either by words or actions, designed to
humiliate or degrade. An outrage is an act of extreme
and violent insult or abuse. An affront piques and
mortifies; an insult irritates and provokes; an
outrage wounds and injures.

Captious persons construe every innocent freedom
into an affront. When people are in a state of
animosity, they seek opportunities of offering
each other insults. Intoxication or violent
passion impels men to the commission of
outrages. --Crabb.

Synonyms: insult, insult

See Also: bruise, discourtesy, hurt, indignity, injure, offence, offend, offense, offensive activity, outrage, scandalisation, scandalization, spite, wound

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