Last July in Moscow, Magnitsky was given a posthumous punishment for his effrontery by being put on trial for tax evasion.
Virginia was struck dumb by the other's effrontery, almost frightened by it.
I could not but reflect how shocked our King would be to learn of this effrontery.
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?
He stared at me a moment, as if my effrontery astonished him.
This piece of effrontery is about on a par with the average argument of this class of pleaders.
The hunting of the one is carried on with self-restraint, of the others with effrontery.
I perceive that the supreme quality in the human soul is 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."