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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


  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


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


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.

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Google previewEnglish Synonyms Explained (1893)

In Alphabetical Order with Copious 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 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 (1826)

by George Crabb

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 affainst good manners. Slight provocations and frivolous offences are- the moit frequent ...

Google previewAn Universal Etymological English Dictionary; Comprehending the Derivations of the Generality of Words in the English Tongue, Either Ancient Or Modern, ... and Also a Brief and Clear Explication of All Difficult Words, ...together with a Large Collection and Explication of Words and Phrases Used in Our Ancient Statutes, Chartes, Writs, Old Records, and Processes in Law; ... Containing Many Thousand Words More Than Either Harris Philips, Kersey, Or Any English Dictionary Before Extant. To Wich is Added, a Collection of Our Most Common Proverbs, with Their Explication and Illustration. The Whole Work Compil'd and Methodically Digested, ... By N. Bailey, Philologos (1757)

AFFRONT", Abufe, Injury, Wrong. F. To AFFRONT" [afrenter, F. q, ...

Google previewThe Anglo-American Encyclopedia and Dictionary: Dictionary department (A-Z) (1904)

r Trench considers affront to have originally meant to strilce on the face. Wedgwood and many others tfcinfc it was to meet face to face. 99 1. To do so without its being implied ...

Google previewNew Zealand Māori Word Encyclopedia (2007)

by Sally-Anne Lambert

natinati/nanati destroy kaiauru / whakangawhi destroy / To devastate / To lay waste hima devastate iki devastate / *To treat roughly, To oppose, To resist, To affront or insult itete To devastate / To treat roughly / To oppose / To resist / *To affront ...

Google previewEntick's New spelling dictionary, teaching to write and pronounce the English tongue ... To which is prefixed, A grammatical introduction to the English tongue. A new edition. Revised, corrected, and enlarged. To which is added, A catalogue of words of similar sounds, but of different spellings ... By William Crakelt (1788)

by John ENTICK, William CRAKELT

frightsul, terrible, dreadful, sad Affront,s. an insult, wrong, opposition, disgrace, Affront, '11. a. to provoke, insulr, enrage, oppose Affi-ont'ed,part. provoked, insulted, usedill, &c.

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Usage statistics about affront

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


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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