affront
\ \ [14] The present-day notion of ‘insulting someone’ has replaced the more direct action of hitting them in the face. Affront comes, via Old French afronter, from Vulgar Latin *affrontārestrike in the face’, which was formed from the Latin phrase ad frontem, literally ‘to the face’.
\ \ Cf.FRONT

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  • affront — [ afrɔ̃ ] n. m. • v. 1560; de affronter « couvrir de honte » en a. fr. ♦ Offense faite publiquement avec la volonté de marquer son mépris et de déshonorer ou humilier. ⇒ avanie, humiliation, offense, outrage. « Achève, et prends ma vie après un… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • affront — AFFRONT. s. m. Injure, outrage, soit de parole, soit de fait. Cruel affront. Sanglant affront. Sensible affront. Affront signalé. On lui a fait un affront. Il a reçu un grand affront. Endurer un affront. Venger un affront. f♛/b] On dit, Essuyer… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • affront — Affront. s. m. Injure, outrage, soit de parole, soit de fait. Cruel affront. sanglant affront. sensible affront. affront signalé. on luy a fait un affront. il a receu un grand affront. endurer un affront. venger un affront. On dit, Boire un… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Affront — Af*front , n. [Cf. F. affront, fr. affronter.] 1. An encounter either friendly or hostile. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I walked about, admired of all, and dreaded On hostile ground, none daring my affront. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Contemptuous or rude …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • affront — vb *offend, outrage, insult Analogous words: slight, ignore, *neglect: nettle, peeve, provoke, *irritate Antonyms: gratify (by an attention) Contrasted words: humor, indulge, pamper: flatter, compliment (see corresponding nouns at COMPLIMENT) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Affront — Af*front , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Affronted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Affronting}.] [OF. afronter, F. affronter, to confront, LL. affrontare to strike against, fr. L. ad + frons forehead, front. See {Front}.] 1. To front; to face in position; to meet or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Affront — Sm Beleidigung erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (15. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. affront, zu frz. affronter die Stirn bieten aus frz. front Stirn und dem l. ad hinzu entsprechenden Präfix.    Ebenso nndl. affront, ne. affront, nfrz. affront.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Affront'e — Af*fron*t[ e] , a. [F. affront[ e], p. p.] (Her.) Face to face, or front to front; facing. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Affront — »Beleidigung«: Das Fremdwort wurde im 15. Jh. aus gleichbed. frz. affront entlehnt, das seinerseits ein postverbales Substantiv von frz. affronter »auf die Stirn schlagen; vor den Kopf stoßen, beschimpfen, beleidigen« ist. Dies gehört zu frz.… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • affront — [n] an insult abuse, backhanded compliment*, brickbat*, dirty deed*, indignity, injury, left handed compliment*, offense, outrage, provocation, put down*, slap*, slap in the face*, slight, slur, vexation, wrong; concepts 7,19,44,54 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • Affront — (fr, spr. rong), Schimpf, Beschimpfung, Trotz; daher Affrontiren, beleidigen, beschimpfen, Trotz bieten; Affronterie, 1) Dreistigkeit, Unverschämtheit; 2) öffentliche Beschimpfung; 3) frecher Betrug …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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