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 usage examples of this term, see Citations:effrontery.
insolent and shameless audacity
- 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: Oxford University Press, 1989.