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Definition of "affront" []

  • To insult intentionally, especially openly. See Synonyms at offend. (verb-transitive)
  • To meet defiantly; confront. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To meet or encounter face to face. (verb-transitive)
  • An open or intentional offense, slight, or insult: Such behavior is an affront to society. (noun)
  • Obsolete A hostile encounter or meeting. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "affront" in a sentence
  • "The U.S. hid the operation from Pakistan for fear that the raid plans would leak to militants, but the unilateral action brought protests from Pakistani leaders over what they called an affront to their sovereignty."
  • "This is a plain affront to the intent of Congress when they passed FISA (and, ironically in the AH case, Congress would have gladly amended FISA had the administration proposed it)."
  • "The affront is the point here, these sorts of bills are almost exclusively written by people who want the RKBA destroyed."