a personally offensive act or word; deliberate act or display of disrespect; intentional slight; insult: an affront to the king.
an offense to one's dignity or self-respect.
verb (used with object)
to offend by an open manifestation of disrespect or insolence: His speech affronted all of us.
to make ashamed or confused; embarrass.
Archaic. to front; face; look on.
Obsolete. to meet or encounter face to face; confront.

1300–50; Middle English afrounten < Middle French af(f)ronter to strike in the face < Vulgar Latin *affrontāre, derivative of Latin phrase ad frontem at or toward the forehead (as the seat of one's feelings or dignity). See ad-, front

affrontedly, adverb
affrontedness, noun
affronter, noun
affrontingly, adverb
reaffront, noun, verb (used with object)
unaffronted, adjective

1. impertinence; contumely, scorn; indignity, abuse, outrage. See insult. 3. insult, slight, abuse. Unabridged
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affront (əˈfrʌnt)
1.  a deliberate insult
2.  to insult, esp openly
3.  to offend the pride or dignity of
4.  obsolete to confront defiantly
[C14: from Old French afronter to strike in the face, from Vulgar Latin affrontāre (unattested), from the Latin phrase ad frontem to the face]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. afronter "to face, confront," lit. "to strike on the forehead," from L.L. affrontare "to strike against," from L. ad frontem "to the face," from frons (gen. frontis) "forehead." The noun is c.1600, from the verb.
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Example sentences
It is an insult to intelligence, an affront to sensibility and an abomination
  to the eye.
Having bones and sacred objects in storage in museums is an affront to Native
Our free-market driven world is an affront to our condition as thinking,
  feeling beings.
The local gentry has protested heartily against this affront to its way of life.
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