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effrontery

[ih-fruhn-tuh-ree] /ɪˈfrʌn tə ri/
noun, plural effronteries.
1.
shameless or impudent boldness; barefaced audacity:
She had the effrontery to ask for two free samples.
2.
an act or instance of this.
Origin of effrontery
1705-1715
1705-15; < French effronterie, equivalent to Old French esfront shameless (es- ex-1 + front brow; see front) + -erie -ery
Synonyms
1. impertinence, impudence, cheek.
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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
  • I could not but reflect how shocked our King would be to learn of this effrontery.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • All the inmates of Cajetan's palace inveighed against the pride, obstinacy, and effrontery of this heretic.

  • He stumbled away to wash his hands, utterly crushed by her effrontery.

  • Walter calls it a piece of American effrontery, but I call it quickwitted, don't you?

    In Chteau Land Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
  • He stared at me a moment, as if my effrontery astonished him.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • This piece of effrontery is about on a par with the average argument of this class of pleaders.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • The hunting of the one is carried on with self-restraint, of the others with effrontery.

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

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
British Dictionary definitions for effrontery

effrontery

/ɪˈfrʌntərɪ/
noun (pl) -ies
1.
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
n.

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."

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