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.]
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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]
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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]
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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
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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.
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effrontery

noun
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Translations
وَقاحَه، صَفاقَه
frækheduforskammethed
óskammfeilni; dónaskapur
nekaunība
edepsizlikküstahlık

effrontery

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

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

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

[ɪˈfrʌntərɪ] nsfrontatezza, sfacciataggine f
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effrontery

(iˈfrantəri) noun
impudence. He had the effrontery to call me a liar.
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References in classic literature ?
He was generous, and the needy, laughing at him because he believed so naively their stories of distress, borrowed from him with effrontery. He was very emotional, yet his feeling, so easily aroused, had in it something absurd, so that you accepted his kindness, but felt no gratitude.
Unkind people said that, like her Imperial namesake, she had won her way to success by strength of will and hardness of heart, and a kind of haughty effrontery that was somehow justified by the extreme decency and dignity of her private life.
one of them holds possession of the Tuileries, one of them is giving Philibert Delorme a scar across the middle of his face; and it is not, assuredly, one of the least of the scandals of our time to see with what effrontery the heavy architecture of this gentleman is being flattened over one of the most delicate façades of the Renaissance!
Our friend had the effrontery almost to laugh at me."
Scores of times I nerved myself almost to the point of asking her, but never quite reached the necessary pitch of effrontery.
'I consent, count, and am ready to overlook it; but you perceive that my wife--my wife's a respectable woman --his been exposed to the persecution, and insults, and effrontery of young upstarts, scoundrels....' And you must understand, the young upstarts are present all the while, and I have to keep the peace between them.
He stood close to her, and the effrontery in his eyes repelled the old, vanishing self in her, yet drew all her awakening sensuousness.
Basilio and Quiteria having thus joined hands, the priest, deeply moved and with tears in his eyes, pronounced the blessing upon them, and implored heaven to grant an easy passage to the soul of the newly wedded man, who, the instant he received the blessing, started nimbly to his feet and with unparalleled effrontery pulled out the rapier that had been sheathed in his body.
"These Gascons," said the cardinal, laughing, "almost beat the Italians in effrontery."
In due course they were moved up, having learned little but a cheerful effrontery in the distortion of truth, which was possibly of greater service to them in after life than an ability to read Latin at sight.
When the supports attached to Tushin's battery had been moved away in the middle of the action by someone's order, the battery had continued firing and was only not captured by the French because the enemy could not surmise that anyone could have the effrontery to continue firing from four quite undefended guns.
Old Sharon's effrontery was equal to any emergency.