effrontery

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Etymology[edit]

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).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈfɹʌntəɹi/, /ɛˈfɹʌntəɹi/

Noun[edit]

effrontery (countable and uncountable, plural effronteries)

  1. (uncountable) Insolent and shameless audacity.
    We even had the effrontery to suggest that he should leave the country.
  2. (countable) An act of insolent and shameless audacity.
    Any refusal to salute the president shall be counted as an effrontery.

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References[edit]

  • 2005, Ed. Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson, The Oxford Dictionary of English (2nd edition revised), Oxford University Press, ISBN 0198610572
  • 1996, T.F. Hoad, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192830988
  • Effrontery, n.” in OED Online, Oxford University Press, 1989.