ef|fron|te|ry [ıˈfrʌntəri] n [U] formal
[Date: 1600-1700; : French; Origin: effronterie, from Late Latin effrons 'shameless']
rude behaviour that shocks you because it is so confident
have the effrontery to do sth
She had the effrontery to ask me for more money.

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  • Effrontery — Ef*front er*y, n.; pl. {Effronteries}. [F. effronterie, fr. effront[ e] shameless, fr. L. effrons, ontis, putting forth the forehead, i. e., barefaced, shameless; ex + frons the forehead. See {Front}.] Impudence or boldness in confronting or in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • effrontery — 1715, from Fr. effronterie, from effronté shameless, from O.Fr. esfronte shameless, brazen, probably from L.L. effrontem (nom. effrons) barefaced, from L. ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + frontem (nom. frons) …   Etymology dictionary

  • effrontery — index contumely, disrespect, temerity Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • effrontery — *temerity, audacity, hardihood, nerve, cheek, gall Analogous words: impudence, brazenness, brashness (see corresponding adjectives at SHAMELESS): impertinence, intrusiveness, officiousness (see corresponding adjectives at IMPERTINENT) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • effrontery — [n] nerve, boldness arrogance, assurance, audacity, backtalk, brashness, brass*, brazenness, cheek*, cheekiness, chutzpah*, crust*, disrespect, face, gall, guff, hardihood, impertinence, impudence, incivility, insolence, lip*, presumption,… …   New thesaurus

  • effrontery — ► NOUN ▪ insolence or impertinence. ORIGIN French effronterie, from Latin effrons shameless, barefaced , from frons forehead …   English terms dictionary

  • effrontery — [e frunt′ər ē, ifrunt′ər ē] n. [Fr effronterie < effronté, shameless, bold < L effrons, barefaced, shameless < ex , from + frons, forehead: see FRONT1] 1. unashamed boldness; impudence; audacity; presumption 2. pl. effronteries an act or …   English World dictionary

  • effrontery — n. the effrontery to + inf. (he had the effrontery to demand more money) * * * [ɪ frʌnt(ə)rɪ] the effrontery to + inf. (he had the effrontery to demand more money) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • effrontery — noun /ɪˈfrʌntəri,ɛˈfrʌntəri/ a) insolent and shameless audacity We even had the effrontery to suggest that he should leave the country. b) an act of insolent and shameless audacity Any refusal to salute the president shall be counted as an… …   Wiktionary

  • effrontery — [18] The notion of ‘audacity’ or ‘impudence’ is often expressed in terms of ‘exposing or pushing forward the face’: a ‘barefaced lie’ or ‘putting on a bold front’, for instance. And effrontery is no exception. It comes ultimately from late Latin… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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