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affront

af·front

affront

 
 
pronunciation:
fruhnt
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an openly insulting deed or remark.
Being denied entrance to the party was an affront the celebrity would not soon forget.
synonyms:
aspersion, barb, indignity, insult, put-down, slur
similar words:
abuse, calumny, contumely, cut, dig, offense, ridicule, scorn, slight
definition 2: an injury to one's dignity.
synonyms:
indignity, injury, offense, slight, wound
similar words:
attack, blow, discourtesy, dishonor, disrespect, humiliation, ignominy, incivility, shame
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: affronted, affronting, affronts
definition 1: to insult openly or intentionally.
His jealous ex-wife affronted his new girlfriend by purposely mispronouncing her name on every occasion.
synonyms:
abuse, assault, calumniate, denigrate, disdain, insult, mortify, scorn, slur, vilify
similar words:
belittle, damage, decry, defame, degrade, denounce, depreciate, deride, discredit, disgrace, disoblige, disparage, harm, humiliate, hurt, injure, jeer, libel, malign, mock, offend, ridicule, slander, slight, wound, wrong
definition 2: to meet head-on; confront.
synonyms:
confront, encounter, face, meet
similar words:
accost
Word Parts
The word affront contains the following part:
af- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix af- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "f," such as fil1 and fix. See ad-.