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From late 17th century French effronterie, from effronté (“shameless, insolent”), from Old French esfronté, from Vulgar Latin *exfrontātus. Compare Latin effrons (“barefaced”), from the prefix ex- (“from”) + frōns (“forehead”) (English: front).
- (uncountable) Insolent and shameless audacity.
- We even had the effrontery to suggest that he should leave the country.
- (countable) An act of insolent and shameless audacity.
- Any refusal to salute the president shall be counted as an effrontery.
- For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:effrontery.
insolent and shameless audacity