Effrontery definition

ĭ-frŭntə-rē
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Unashamed boldness; impudence; audacity; presumption.
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Brazen boldness; presumptuousness.
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(uncountable) Insolent and shameless audacity.

We even had the effrontery to suggest that he should leave the country.

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(countable) An act of insolent and shameless audacity.

Any refusal to salute the president shall be counted as an effrontery.

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Effrontery is defined as disrespectful boldness.

An example of effrontery is loudly demanding a table at a very full fancy restaurant.

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An act or instance of this.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
effrontery
Plural:
effronteries

Origin of effrontery

  • 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From late 17th century French effronterie, from effronté (“shameless, insolent”), from Old French esfronté, from Vulgar Latin *exfrontātus, from Latin exfrōns (“barefaced”), from the prefix ex- (“from”) + frōns (“forehead”).

    From Wiktionary