(Af*fright"ment) n. Affright; the state of being frightened; sudden fear or alarm. [Archaic]

Passionate words or blows . . . fill the child's mind with terror and affrightment.

(Af*front") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Affronted; p. pr. & vb. n. Affronting.] [OF. afronter, F. affronter, to confront, LL. affrontare to strike against, fr. L. ad + frons forehead, front. See Front.]

1. To front; to face in position; to meet or encounter face to face. [Obs.]

All the sea-coasts do affront the Levant.

That he, as 't were by accident, may here
Affront Ophelia.

2. To face in defiance; to confront; as, to affront death; hence, to meet in hostile encounter. [Archaic]

3. To offend by some manifestation of disrespect; to insult to the face by demeanor or language; to treat with marked incivility.

How can any one imagine that the fathers would have dared to affront the wife of Aurelius?

Syn. — To insult; abuse; outrage; wound; illtreat; slight; defy; offend; provoke; pique; nettle.

(Af*front"), n. [Cf. F. affront, fr. affronter.]

1. An encounter either friendly or hostile. [Obs.]

I walked about, admired of all, and dreaded
On hostile ground, none daring my affront.

2. Contemptuous or rude treatment which excites or justifies resentment; marked disrespect; a purposed indignity; insult.

Offering an affront to our understanding.

3. An offense to one's self-respect; shame. Arbuthnot.

Syn.Affront, Insult, Outrage. An affront is a designed mark of disrespect, usually in the presence of others. An insult is a personal attack either by words or actions, designed to humiliate or degrade. An outrage is an act of extreme and violent insult or abuse. An affront piques and mortifies; an insult irritates and provokes; an outrage wounds and injures.

Captious persons construe every innocent freedom into an affront. When people are in a state of animosity, they seek opportunities of offering each other insults. Intoxication or violent passion impels men to the commission of outrages.

(Af*fron*té") a. [F. affronté, p. p.] (Her.) Face to face, or front to front; facing.

(Af*front"ed*ly) adv. Shamelessly. [Obs.] Bacon.

(Af*fron*tee"), n. One who receives an affront. Lytton.

(Af*front"er) n. One who affronts, or insults to the face.

(Af*front"ing*ly), adv. In an affronting manner.

(Af*front"ive) a. Tending to affront or offend; offensive; abusive.

How affrontive it is to despise mercy.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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