affrontery

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

affront +‎ -ery

Noun[edit]

affrontery ‎(uncountable)

  1. Obsolete spelling of effrontery
    • 1868, Stephen Meany, Speeches from the Dock, Part I[1]:
      With an affrontery that did not falter, and knew not how to blush, he detailed his own participation in the acts for which he was prosecuting me as a participator.
    • 1909, John R. Musick,, Sustained honor[2]:
      This Englishman should neither out-do him in generosity nor affrontery.
  2. An affront
    • 1996 January 12, Tom Frank, “Capital Lies”[3], Chicago Reader:
      Skyboxes are a grotesque affrontery to authentic fandom [] .