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AFFRONT', v.t. [L. frons, front, face.]

1. Literally, to meet or encounter face to face, in a good or bad sense; as,

The seditious affronted the king's forces

[The foregoing sense is obsolete.]

2. To offer abuse to the face; to insult, dare or brave openly; to offer abuse or insult in any manner, by words or actions; as, to affront one by giving him the lie.

3. To abuse, or give cause of offense to, without being present with the person; to make slightly angry; a popular use of the word.

AFFRONT', n.

1. Opposition to the face; open defiance; encounter. Obs.

2. Ill treatment; abuse; any thing reproachful or contemptuous, that excites or justifies resentment, as foul language, or personal abuse. It usually expresses a less degree of abuse than insult

3. Shame; disgrace. [Not used.]

4. In popular language, slight resentment; displeasure.



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AFFRONT', v.t. [L. frons, front, face.]

1. Literally, to meet or encounter face to face, in a good or bad sense; as,

The seditious affronted the king's forces

[The foregoing sense is obsolete.]

2. To offer abuse to the face; to insult, dare or brave openly; to offer abuse or insult in any manner, by words or actions; as, to affront one by giving him the lie.

3. To abuse, or give cause of offense to, without being present with the person; to make slightly angry; a popular use of the word.

AFFRONT', n.

1. Opposition to the face; open defiance; encounter. Obs.

2. Ill treatment; abuse; any thing reproachful or contemptuous, that excites or justifies resentment, as foul language, or personal abuse. It usually expresses a less degree of abuse than insult

3. Shame; disgrace. [Not used.]

4. In popular language, slight resentment; displeasure.

AF-FRONT', n.

  1. Opposition to the face; open defiance; encounter. [Obs.]
  2. Ill treatment; abuse; any thing reproachful or contemptuous, that excites or justifies resentment, as foul language, or personal abuse. It usually expresses a less degree off abuse than insult.
  3. Shame; disgrace. [Not usual.] – Arbuthnot.
  4. In popular language, slight resentment; displeasure.

AF-FRONT', v.t. [Fr. affronter, to encounter face to face, of ad and L. frons, front, face.]

  1. Literally, to meet or encounter face to face, in a good or bad sense; as, The seditious affronted the king's forces. – Hayward. Milton. Shak. [The foregoing sense is obsolete.]
  2. To offer abuse to the face; to insult, dare or brave openly; to offer abuse or insult in any manner, by words or action; as, to affront one by giving him the lie.
  3. To abuse, or give cause of offense to, without being present with the person; to make slightly angry; a popular use of the word.

Af*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. An encounter either friendly or hostile.

    [Obs.]

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

  3. To face in defiance; to confront; as, to affront death; hence, to meet in hostile encounter.

    [Archaic]
  4. Contemptuous or rude treatment which excites or justifies resentment; marked disrespect; a purposed indignity; insult.

    Offering an affront to our understanding.
    Addison.

  5. 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?
    Addison.

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

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

    Arbuthnot.

    Syn. -- Affront, Insult, Outrage. 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.

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Affront

AFFRONT', verb transitive [Latin frons, front, face.]

1. Literally, to meet or encounter face to face, in a good or bad sense; as,

The seditious affronted the king's forces

[The foregoing sense is obsolete.]

2. To offer abuse to the face; to insult, dare or brave openly; to offer abuse or insult in any manner, by words or actions; as, to affront one by giving him the lie.

3. To abuse, or give cause of offense to, without being present with the person; to make slightly angry; a popular use of the word.

AFFRONT', noun

1. Opposition to the face; open defiance; encounter. obsolete

2. Ill treatment; abuse; any thing reproachful or contemptuous, that excites or justifies resentment, as foul language, or personal abuse. It usually expresses a less degree of abuse than insult

3. Shame; disgrace. [Not used.]

4. In popular language, slight resentment; displeasure.

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