1. a personally offensive act or word; deliberate act or display of disrespect; intentional slight; insult: an affront to the king.
  2. an offense to one’s dignity or self-respect.

verb (used with object)

  1. to offend by an open manifestation of disrespect or insolence: His speech affronted all of us.
  2. to make ashamed or confused; embarrass.
  3. Archaic. to front; face; look on.
  4. Obsolete. to meet or encounter face to face; confront.


  1. a deliberate insult

verb (tr)

  1. to insult, esp openly
  2. to offend the pride or dignity of
  3. obsolete to confront defiantly

1590s, from affront (v.).


early 14c., from Old French afronter “to face, confront, to slap in the face” (13c.), from Late Latin affrontare “to strike against,” from Latin ad frontem “to the face,” from frons (genitive frontis) “forehead” (see front (n.)). Related: Affronted; affronting.

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