effrontery

  • 1 Effrontery — Ef*front er*y, n.; pl. {Effronteries}. [F. effronterie, fr. effront[ e] shameless, fr. L. effrons, ontis, putting forth the forehead, i. e., barefaced, shameless; ex + frons the forehead. See {Front}.] Impudence or boldness in confronting or in… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 effrontery — 1715, from Fr. effronterie, from effronté shameless, from O.Fr. esfronte shameless, brazen, probably from L.L. effrontem (nom. effrons) barefaced, from L. ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + frontem (nom. frons) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 effrontery — index contumely, disrespect, temerity Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 effrontery — *temerity, audacity, hardihood, nerve, cheek, gall Analogous words: impudence, brazenness, brashness (see corresponding adjectives at SHAMELESS): impertinence, intrusiveness, officiousness (see corresponding adjectives at IMPERTINENT) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 effrontery — [n] nerve, boldness arrogance, assurance, audacity, backtalk, brashness, brass*, brazenness, cheek*, cheekiness, chutzpah*, crust*, disrespect, face, gall, guff, hardihood, impertinence, impudence, incivility, insolence, lip*, presumption,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 effrontery — ► NOUN ▪ insolence or impertinence. ORIGIN French effronterie, from Latin effrons shameless, barefaced , from frons forehead …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 effrontery — [e frunt′ər ē, ifrunt′ər ē] n. [Fr effronterie < effronté, shameless, bold < L effrons, barefaced, shameless < ex , from + frons, forehead: see FRONT1] 1. unashamed boldness; impudence; audacity; presumption 2. pl. effronteries an act or …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 effrontery — n. the effrontery to + inf. (he had the effrontery to demand more money) * * * [ɪ frʌnt(ə)rɪ] the effrontery to + inf. (he had the effrontery to demand more money) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 effrontery — noun /ɪˈfrʌntəri,ɛˈfrʌntəri/ a) insolent and shameless audacity We even had the effrontery to suggest that he should leave the country. b) an act of insolent and shameless audacity Any refusal to salute the president shall be counted as an… …

    Wiktionary

  • 10 effrontery — ef|fron|te|ry [ıˈfrʌntəri] n [U] formal [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: effronterie, from Late Latin effrons shameless ] rude behaviour that shocks you because it is so confident have the effrontery to do sth ▪ She had the effrontery to ask… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 effrontery — [18] The notion of ‘audacity’ or ‘impudence’ is often expressed in terms of ‘exposing or pushing forward the face’: a ‘barefaced lie’ or ‘putting on a bold front’, for instance. And effrontery is no exception. It comes ultimately from late Latin… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 12 effrontery — [[t]ɪfrʌ̱ntəri[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) Effrontery is behaviour that is bold, rude, or disrespectful. [FORMAL] One could only gasp at the sheer effrontery of the man …

    English dictionary

  • 13 effrontery — [18] The notion of ‘audacity’ or ‘impudence’ is often expressed in terms of ‘exposing or pushing forward the face’: a ‘barefaced lie’ or ‘putting on a bold front’, for instance. And effrontery is no exception. It comes ultimately from late Latin… …

    Word origins

  • 14 effrontery — /i frun teuh ree/, n., pl. effronteries. 1. shameless or impudent boldness; barefaced audacity: She had the effrontery to ask for two free samples. 2. an act or instance of this. [1705 15; < F effronterie, equiv. to OF esfront shameless (es EX 1… …

    Universalium

  • 15 effrontery — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. shamelessness, brazenness, insolence, audacity. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. impudence, audacity, boldness, presumption; see rudeness . See Synonym Study at temerity . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus)… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 effrontery — noun (U) formal behaviour that you think someone should be ashamed of, although they do not seem to be: You have the effrontery to ask for a loan! …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 effrontery — noun Stearns had the effrontery to counter the admiral s directive Syn: impudence, impertinence, cheek, insolence, cockiness, audacity, temerity, presumption, nerve, gall, shamelessness, impoliteness, disrespect, bad manners; informal brass, face …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 effrontery — n. (pl. ies) 1 shameless insolence; impudent audacity (esp. have the effrontery to). 2 an instance of this. Etymology: F effronterie f. effronteacute ult. f. LL effrons ontis shameless (as EX (1), frons forehead) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 effrontery — noun (plural teries) Etymology: French effronterie, ultimately from Medieval Latin effront , effrons shameless, from Latin ex + front , frons forehead Date: 1697 shameless boldness ; insolence Synonyms: see temerity …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 effrontery — Synonyms and related words: arrogance, assurance, audacity, boldness, brashness, brass, brazenness, bumptiousness, cheek, confidence, contumely, crust, face, gall, hardihood, hubris, impertinence, impudence, insolence, nerve, obtrusiveness,… …

    Moby Thesaurus


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