- Effrontery is defined as disrespectful boldness.
An example of effrontery is loudly demanding a table at a very full fancy restaurant.
effrontery definition by Webster's New World
- unashamed boldness; impudence; audacity; presumption
- pl. effronteries an act or instance of this
Origin: French effronterie ; from effronté, shameless, bold ; from Classical Latin effrons, barefaced, shameless ; from ex-, from plush frons, forehead: see front
effrontery definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ef·front·er·ies
Origin: French effronterie, from effronté, shameless, from Old French esfronte, from Vulgar Latin *effrontātus, alteration of Late Latin effrōns, effront- : ex-, ex- + frōns, front-, front, forehead.