V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, noun

Definition: (v.) to openly insult or offend somebody; (n.) an open insult

Synonyms: (v.) offend, insult, embarrass, slight, snub, (n.) offense

Antonyms: praise, compliment

Tips: Affront is derived from the Latin ad frontem, "to the face." When you make an offensive comment "to someone's face," you affront that person. Affront often carries a connotation of being done in public--"in front of people."

Usage Examples:

After such an affront, I will never speak to her again. (insult, offense) noun

My grandmother felt she had been affronted when I said I wouldn't be coming over for Thanksgiving dinner. (snubbed, offended) verb

He took her comments at the meeting to be a personal affront of his work on the project. (attack, snub, insult) noun

He was a proud man and was easily affronted by criticism. (insulted, offended) verb

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