effrontery


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ef·front·er·y

 (ĭ-frŭn′tə-rē)
n. pl. ef·front·er·ies
Brazen boldness; presumptuousness.

[French effronterie, from effronté, shameless, from Old French esfronte, from Vulgar Latin *effrontātus, alteration of Late Latin effrōns, effront- : ex-, ex- + frōns, front-, front, forehead.]

effrontery

(ɪˈfrʌntərɪ)
n, pl -ies
shameless or insolent boldness; impudent presumption; audacity; temerity
[C18: from French effronterie, from Old French esfront barefaced, shameless, from Late Latin effrons, literally: putting forth one's forehead; see front]

ef•fron•ter•y

(ɪˈfrʌn tə ri)

n., pl. -ter•ies.
1. shameless or impudent boldness; barefaced audacity.
2. an act or instance of this.
[1705–15; < French effronterie, derivative of Old French esfront shameless]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.effrontery - audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to; "he despised them for their presumptuousness"
audaciousness, audacity - aggressive boldness or unmitigated effrontery; "he had the audacity to question my decision"
uppishness, uppityness - assumption of airs beyond one's station

effrontery

noun insolence, nerve, arrogance, presumption, face (informal), front, neck (informal), cheek (informal), assurance, brass (informal), gall (informal), disrespect, audacity, boldness, rudeness, temerity, chutzpah (U.S. & Canad. informal), impertinence, impudence, brashness, brass neck (Brit. informal), shamelessness, incivility, cheekiness, brazenness He had the effrontery to turn up on my doorstep at 2 in the morning.

effrontery

noun
Translations
وَقاحَه، صَفاقَه
frækheduforskammethed
óskammfeilni; dónaskapur
nekaunība
edepsizlikküstahlık

effrontery

[ɪˈfrʌntərɪ] Ndescaro m
he had the effrontery to say thattuvo el descaro de decir que ...

effrontery

[ɪˈfrʌntəri] neffronterie f
to have the effrontery to do sth → avoir l'effronterie de faire qch

effrontery

nUnverschämtheit f; how can you have the effrontery to deny the charge?dass Sie die Frechheit besitzen, den Vorwurf abzustreiten!

effrontery

[ɪˈfrʌntərɪ] nsfrontatezza, sfacciataggine f

effrontery

(iˈfrantəri) noun
impudence. He had the effrontery to call me a liar.
References in classic literature ?
He stood close to her, and the effrontery in his eyes repelled the old, vanishing self in her, yet drew all her awakening sensuousness.
The soldier made a low and humble acknowledgment for her civility; and Heyward adding a "Bonne nuit, mon camarade," they moved deliberately forward, leaving the sentinel pacing the banks of the silent pond, little suspecting an enemy of so much effrontery, and humming to himself those words which were recalled to his mind by the sight of women, and, perhaps, by recollections of his own distant and beautiful France: "Vive le vin, vive l'amour," etc.
whatever excuses your effrontery may suggest) you will not deny that my duty compels me to mention what I have just seen to your father?
To such a thing," said Wickens's boy stubbornly, emboldened by witnessing the effrontery of one apparently of his own class.
But, as is commonly said, one evil calls up another and the end of one misfortune is apt to be the beginning of one still greater, and so it proved in my case; for my worthy servant, until then so faithful and trusty when he found me in this lonely spot, moved more by his own villainy than by my beauty, sought to take advantage of the opportunity which these solitudes seemed to present him, and with little shame and less fear of God and respect for me, began to make overtures to me; and finding that I replied to the effrontery of his proposals with justly severe language, he laid aside the entreaties which he had employed at first, and began to use violence.
Morison, was making his task an extremely difficult one--it was that quality of innate goodness and cleanness which is a good girl's stoutest bulwark and protection--an impregnable barrier that only degeneracy has the effrontery to assail.
You have a very imperfect idea of my resources, and not at all of my effrontery,' replied Alexander.
Fall voluntarily into my arms, hypocritical and dangerous woman," said D'Artagnan, likewise to himself, "after having abused me with such effrontery, and afterward I will laugh at you with him whom you wish me to kill.
In France, my dear sir, half such a piece of effrontery as that would cause you to be quickly despatched to Toulon for five years, for change of air.
These Gascons," said the cardinal, laughing, "almost beat the Italians in effrontery.
Tell him all as I now bid you, and tell him in public that the Achaeans may hate him and beware of him should he think that he can yet dupe others for his effrontery never fails him.
In a tone of the utmost effrontery, as though he were delighted to have a chance of insulting me, he looked me up and down, and then said: "Do you suppose that Monsignor is going to put aside his coffee for YOU?