Affront
Affront Af*front", n. [Cf. F. affront, fr. affronter.] 1. An encounter either friendly or hostile. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

I walked about, admired of all, and dreaded On hostile ground, none daring my affront. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Contemptuous or rude treatment which excites or justifies resentment; marked disrespect; a purposed indignity; insult. [1913 Webster]

Offering an affront to our understanding. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. An offense to one's self-respect; shame. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

Syn: {Affront}, {Insult}, {Outrage}.

Usage: 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. [1913 Webster]


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  • affront — [ afrɔ̃ ] n. m. • v. 1560; de affronter « couvrir de honte » en a. fr. ♦ Offense faite publiquement avec la volonté de marquer son mépris et de déshonorer ou humilier. ⇒ avanie, humiliation, offense, outrage. « Achève, et prends ma vie après un… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • affront — AFFRONT. s. m. Injure, outrage, soit de parole, soit de fait. Cruel affront. Sanglant affront. Sensible affront. Affront signalé. On lui a fait un affront. Il a reçu un grand affront. Endurer un affront. Venger un affront. f♛/b] On dit, Essuyer… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • affront — Affront. s. m. Injure, outrage, soit de parole, soit de fait. Cruel affront. sanglant affront. sensible affront. affront signalé. on luy a fait un affront. il a receu un grand affront. endurer un affront. venger un affront. On dit, Boire un… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • affront — vb *offend, outrage, insult Analogous words: slight, ignore, *neglect: nettle, peeve, provoke, *irritate Antonyms: gratify (by an attention) Contrasted words: humor, indulge, pamper: flatter, compliment (see corresponding nouns at COMPLIMENT) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Affront — Af*front , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Affronted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Affronting}.] [OF. afronter, F. affronter, to confront, LL. affrontare to strike against, fr. L. ad + frons forehead, front. See {Front}.] 1. To front; to face in position; to meet or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Affront — Sm Beleidigung erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (15. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. affront, zu frz. affronter die Stirn bieten aus frz. front Stirn und dem l. ad hinzu entsprechenden Präfix.    Ebenso nndl. affront, ne. affront, nfrz. affront.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Affront — »Beleidigung«: Das Fremdwort wurde im 15. Jh. aus gleichbed. frz. affront entlehnt, das seinerseits ein postverbales Substantiv von frz. affronter »auf die Stirn schlagen; vor den Kopf stoßen, beschimpfen, beleidigen« ist. Dies gehört zu frz.… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • affront — [n] an insult abuse, backhanded compliment*, brickbat*, dirty deed*, indignity, injury, left handed compliment*, offense, outrage, provocation, put down*, slap*, slap in the face*, slight, slur, vexation, wrong; concepts 7,19,44,54 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • Affront — (fr, spr. rong), Schimpf, Beschimpfung, Trotz; daher Affrontiren, beleidigen, beschimpfen, Trotz bieten; Affronterie, 1) Dreistigkeit, Unverschämtheit; 2) öffentliche Beschimpfung; 3) frecher Betrug …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Affront — (franz., spr. fróng), Schimpf, Beleidigung …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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