affront
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /əˈfɹʌnt/
Verb

affront (affronts, present participle affronting; past and past participle affronted)

  1. To insult intentionally, especially openly.
  2. To meet defiantly; to confront.
    to affront death
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 436:
      Avignon was beginning to settle down for the night – that long painful stretch of time which must somehow be affronted.
  3. (obsolete) To meet or encounter face to face.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i], page 265 ↗, column 1:
      Sweet Gertrude leaue vs too, / For we haue cloſely ſent for Hamlet hither, / That he, as ’twere by accident, may there / Affront Ophelia.
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  • French: rencontrer sur le terrain, aller sur le pré
  • Spanish: afrontar, confrontar
Noun

affront (plural affronts)

  1. An open or intentional offense, slight, or insult.
    Such behavior is an affront to society.
  2. (obsolete) A hostile encounter or meeting.
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