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Affront \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.

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

  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 incivility.

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

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


vb. (en-past of: affront)


adj. treated with insolent and rude language especially openly and intentionally [syn: insulted]

Usage examples of "affronted".

The enraged multitude affronted the person of Julian, rejected his liberality, and, conscious of the impotence of their own resentment, they called aloud on the legions of the frontiers to assert the violated majesty of the Roman empire.

I am convinced, have it said of you, that, after having affronted a noble peer, you refuse him satisfaction.

Made sensitive to her own vulnerability, she was mindful that the three priests on the pyramid dais were affronted, but powerless to intervene.

Robert Penfold warned me the ship was to be destroyed, and I disbelieved and affronted him in return, and he never reproached me, not even by a look.

Craer put his hands on his hips in arch mimicry of an affronted lady of high station, clucked in mock disgust, and rolled his eyes.

Mama Therese marched ahead with forbidding frown and quivering chins, with the militant carriage of misprized and affronted rectitude.

No doubt the affronted Marquis vo Derrivalle would order the erring Borlo Bunison soundly whipped.

You are not going to be Missish, I hope, and pretend to be affronted at an idle report.

Miss Marling made an effort to look affronted, but only succeeded in giggling.

Livak demanded a breath before I could come up with a more tactful version of the same question, but Parrail was not affronted by this.

The bag emitted one final-sounding comment, and Thio, looking affronted, turned head-down into one of the bark channels.

We are sure that the citizens of the Netherlands would agree that for the government, motivated solely by affronted pride and stiffnecked outrage, to put this large area and those who live there at such risk, would be intolerable and unforgiveable.

Like all Wardens, he prided himself on being worldly-wise, on knowing something about everything, and he was always a little affronted when this proved not to be the case.

This was destruction on a scale that affronted the law of nature and the sanctity of life itself.

The Turks and Persians and robed boogies, the new London sahibs, they look baffled, affronted they're not used to being outnumbered by the natives.