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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 af·front /əˈfrʌnt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Af·front, n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]