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or encounter face to face, in a good or bad sense; as,The seditious affronted the king's forces[The foregoing sense is obsolete.]2.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 insult3. Shame; disgrace. [Not used.]4. In popular language, slight resentment; displeasure.