V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: insolence or unabashed boldness

Synonyms: nerve, gall, audacity, insolence, impudence, rudeness, arrogance

Antonyms: humility, grace

Tips: Effrontery is from the Latin effrons or "barefaced." Someone who has the effrontery to do something has no shame or fear of losing face. They show their emotions freely.

Usage Examples:

I wasn't even invited to the party, but my sister had the effrontery to ask me for a ride home. (nerve, gall)

Her effrontery was shocking, not just because it was rude, but because it seemed so out of character. (rudeness, impudence)

Cory's intrusive questions invaded my privacy and bordered on effrontery. (audacity, impudence)

His effrontery to ask for a raise when he came to work late and left early nearly every day made me laugh. (nerve, audacity, arrogance)

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