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Definition of the noun affront

What does affront mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: affronts

  1. a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect

Alternative definition of the noun affront

noun

  1. An open or intentional offense, slight, or insult.
  2. [obsolete] A hostile encounter or meeting.

Definition of the noun affront for high school students

    an insult
    • example: Bernardo was very touchy, and took any slight as an affront to his honor.

The noun affront is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Definition of the verb affront

What does affront mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: affronted | affronting | affronts

  1. treat, mention, or speak to rudely

Alternative definition of the verb affront

verb

  1. To insult intentionally, especially openly.
  2. To meet defiantly; to confront.
  3. [obsolete] To meet or encounter face to face.

Explanation

The Affront are a species found in the science fiction novel Excession by Iain M. Banks. Originally named after their homeworld, Issorile, their current name was given to them by another Involved species - the Padressahl - after they ate the members of a Padressahl trade mission to Issorile. They embraced their given name, proud of their exuberant sadism. Among their technological "achievements" is the genetic engineering of their females to make sex painful for them.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Affront

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Google previewWord Nerd (2007)

More Than 18,000 Fascinating Facts about Words by Barbara Ann Kipfer

an affront is a deliberate insult while effrontery is insolence affrontee is an insulted person; affron- tive is insulting an afghan is a knitted quilt, first made on the Indian continent aficionado means “amateur” in Spanish, coming from Latin aficion, ...

Google previewEnglish Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order (1824)

by George Crabb

a transgression is against the will of God or the laws of men ; the misdemeanour is more particularly against the established order of society ; a misdeed is an offence against the Divine Law ; an affront is an offence against good manners.

Google previewEnglish synonymes, with copious illustrations and explanations (1858)

drawn from the best writers by George Crabb

transgression is against the will of God or the laws of men ; the misdemeanour is more particularly against the established order of society ; the misdeed is an offence against the Divine Law ; the affront is an offence against good manners.

Google previewEnglish Synonyms Explained (1893)

In Alphabetical Order, with Copius Illustrations and Examples Drawn from the Best Writers by George Crabb

laws of men; the misdemeanour is more partia misdeed is an offence against the Divine Law; an affront is an offence against good manners. Slight provocations and frivolous offences are the most frequent causes of disquiet.-BLAIR. Forgive ...

Google previewThe Standard Dictionary of Facts (1916)

History, Language, Literature, Biography, Geography, Travel, Art, Government Politics, Industry, Invention, Commerce, Science, Education, Natural History, Statistics and Miscellany by Henry Woldmar Ruoff

Insult, Outrage, An affront is a mark of reproach shown in the presence of others; it piques and mortifies: an insult is an attack made with insolence; it irritates and provokes: an outrage combines all that is offensive; it wounds and injures. Afraid ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc (1816)

Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference

* AFFRONT. n. /. [from the verb affront.] 1. Insult offered to the face; contemptuous or, ...

Google previewAn universal etymological English dictionary ... Twentieth edition, with considerable improvements (1763)

by Nathan Bailey

AFFRONT', Abuse, injury. Wrong. F. To AFFRONT' [affianrzu F. q . d, ...

Google previewJohnson and Walker's Critical Pronouncing Dictionary and Expositor of the English Language (1862)

by Samuel Johnson, John Walker

as 'twere by accident, may here Affront ...

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Usage statistics about affront

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun affront:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb affront:

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And old affront will stir the heart Through years of rankling pain. (Jean Ingelow)
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Scrabble value of A1F4F4R1O1N1T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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