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[ih-fruhn-tuh-ree] /ɪˈfrʌn tə ri/
noun, plural effronteries.
shameless or impudent boldness; barefaced audacity:
She had the effrontery to ask for two free samples.
an act or instance of this.
Origin of effrontery
1705-15; < French effronterie, equivalent to Old French esfront shameless (es- ex-1 + front brow; see front) + -erie -ery
1. impertinence, impudence, cheek. Unabridged
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  • Virginia was struck dumb by the other's effrontery, almost frightened by it.

    The Castle Of The Shadows Alice Muriel Williamson
  • A piece of coolness and effrontery that so surprised me I remained quite dumb.

    Yr Ynys Unyg Julia de Winton
  • All the inmates of Cajetan's palace inveighed against the pride, obstinacy, and effrontery of this heretic.

  • And the witnesses of Lucifer have the effrontery to represent Lévi as a dualist!

    Devil-Worship in France Arthur Edward Waite
  • Walter calls it a piece of American effrontery, but I call it quickwitted, don't you?

    In Chteau Land Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
  • I could not but reflect how shocked our King would be to learn of this effrontery.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • This piece of effrontery is about on a par with the average argument of this class of pleaders.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • He stumbled away to wash his hands, utterly crushed by her effrontery.

  • I perceive that the supreme quality in the human soul is effrontery.

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
British Dictionary definitions for effrontery


noun (pl) -ies
shameless or insolent boldness; impudent presumption; audacity; temerity
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for effrontery

1715, from French effronterie, from effronté "shameless," from Old French esfronte "shameless, brazen," probably from Late Latin effrontem (nominative effrons) "barefaced," from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + frontem (nominative frons) "brow" (see front (n.)).

Latin frontus had a sense of "ability to blush," but the literal sense of effrontery often has been taken to be "putting forth the forehead." Forehead in Johnson's Dictionary (1755) has a secondary sense of "impudence; confidence; assurance; audaciousness; audacity."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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