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Affront (noun)

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Affro'nt. n.s. [from the verb affront.]

  1. Insult offered to the face; contemptuous or rude treatment.

    He would often maintain Plantianus, in doing affronts to his son. Bacon's Essays.

    You've done enough; for you design'd my chains:
    The grace is vanish'd, but the affront remains.
    Dryd. Aureng.

    He that is found reasonable in one thing, is concluded to be so in all; and to think or say otherwise, is thought so unjust an affront, and so senseless a censure, that no body ventures to do it. Locke.

    There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice: we look upon the man who gives it us, as offering an affront to our understanding, and treating us like children or ideots. Addison. Spectator, № 512.

  2. Outrage; act of contempt, in a more general sense.

                        Oft have they violated
    The temple, oft the law with foul affronts,
    Abominations rather.
    Milton's Paradise Regained.

  3. Open opposition; encounter: a sense not frequent, though regularly deducible from the derivation.

                                    Far beyond
    The sons of Anak, famous now and blaz'd,
    Fearless of danger, like a petty god
    I walk'd about admir'd of all, and dreaded
    On hostile ground, none daring my affront.
    Samson Agonist.

  4. Disgrace; shame. This sense is rather peculiar to the Scottish dialect.

    Antonius attacked the pirates of Crete, and, by his too great presumption, was defeated; upon the sense of which affront he died with grief. Arbuthnot on Coins.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Arbuthnot, John (227) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Locke, John (269) · Milton, John (449) · Spectator (140)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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