Affro'nt. n.s. [from the verb affront.]
- 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.
- 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.
- Open opposition; encounter: a sense not frequent, though regularly deducible from the derivation.
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.
- 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.