- The definition of an affront is an action or verbal assault that is committed with the intention of rudeness and unkindness.
An example of an affront is cutting in front of someone in line.
- Affront is defined as to purposely be verbally offensive or to do something to cause mortification or confusion.
- An example of someone who may affront is a bully who is disrespectful to another student.
- An example of affront is to make fun of someone incessantly.
- to insult openly or purposely; offend; slight
- to confront defiantly
- Archaic to come before; meet; face
Origin of affrontMiddle English afronten ; from Old French afronter, to encounter face to face ; from Medieval Latin an unverified form affrontare ; from ad-, to + frons, forehead
transitive verbaf·front·ed, af·front·ing, af·fronts
- To insult intentionally, especially openly. See Synonyms at offend.
- a. To meet defiantly; confront: affront danger.b. Obsolete To meet or encounter (another) face to face.
- An open or intentional offense, slight, or insult: Such behavior is an affront to society.
- Obsolete A hostile encounter or meeting.
Origin of affrontMiddle English afrounten, from Old French afronter : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin fr&omacron;ns, front-, face; see front.
(third-person singular simple present affronts, present participle affronting, simple past and past participle affronted)
- (heraldry) face to face, or with the fronts facing each other
French affronté, past participle.