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effrontery

ef·fron·ter·y

effrontery

 
 
pronunciation:
ih fruhn t ri
part of speech: noun
inflections: effronteries
definition 1: shameless impudence; insolence.
I can't believe he had the effrontery to contradict the professor on such a simple point.
synonyms:
audacity, gall, impertinence, impudence, insolence, nerve
antonyms:
grace
similar words:
brass, brazenness, cheek, temerity
definition 2: an instance of such behavior.
The queen had him punished for his effrontery in addressing her in such an informal way.
synonyms:
audacity, impertinence, impudence, insolence
similar words:
temerity