Af·front v. t. [imp. & p. p. Affronted; p. pr. & vb. n. Affronting.]
1. To front; to face in position; to meet or encounter face to face. [Obs.]
All the sea-coasts do affront the Levant. --Holland.
That he, as 't were by accident, may here
Affront Ophelia. --Shak.
2. To face in defiance; to confront; as, to affront death; hence, to meet in hostile encounter. [Archaic]
3. To offend by some manifestation of disrespect; to insult to the face by demeanor or language; to treat with marked incivility.
How can any one imagine that the fathers would have dared to affront the wife of Aurelius? --Addison.
Syn: -- To insult; abuse; outrage; wound; illtreat; slight; defy; offend; provoke; pique; nettle.
1. An encounter either friendly or hostile. [Obs.]
I walked about, admired of all, and dreaded
On hostile ground, none daring my affront. --Milton.
2. Contemptuous or rude treatment which excites or justifies resentment; marked disrespect; a purposed indignity; insult.
Offering an affront to our understanding. --Addison.
3. An offense to one's self-respect; shame.
Syn: -- Affront, Insult, Outrage.
Usage: An affront is a designed mark of disrespect, usually in the presence of others. An insult is a personal attack either by words or actions, designed to humiliate or degrade. An outrage is an act of extreme and violent insult or abuse. An affront piques and mortifies; an insult irritates and provokes; an outrage wounds and injures.
Captious persons construe every innocent freedom into an affront. When people are in a state of animosity, they seek opportunities of offering each other insults. Intoxication or violent passion impels men to the commission of outrages. --Crabb.
n : a deliberately offensive act or something producing the
effect of an affront; "turning his back on me was a
deliberate insult" [syn: insult]
v : treat, mention, or speak to rudely; "He insulted her with
his rude remarks"; "the student who had betrayed his
classmate was dissed by everyone" [syn: diss, insult]