Affront

Definition of Affront

Af`front´
v. t.1.To front; to face in position; to meet or encounter face to face.
[imp. & p. p. Affronted; p. pr. & vb. n. Affronting.]
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.
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.
n.1.An encounter either friendly or hostile.
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.
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.

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