An example of effrontery is loudly demanding a table at a very full fancy restaurant.
- unashamed boldness; impudence; audacity; presumption
- pl. -·ter·ies an act or instance of this
Origin of effronteryFrench effronterie ; from effronté, shameless, bold ; from Classical Latin effrons, barefaced, shameless ; from ex-, from + frons, forehead: see front
Origin of effronteryFrench effronterie, from effronté, shameless, from Old French esfronte, from Vulgar Latin *effrontatus, alteration of Late Latin effr&omacron;ns, effront- : ex-, ex- + fr&omacron;ns, front-, front, forehead.
(countable and uncountable, plural effronteries)