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Friday, August 24, 2007

Definitions for effrontery

  1. Insulting presumptuousness; shameless boldness; insolence.

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Citations for effrontery
Who would have the effrontery to treat the chairman in this way? Tom King, The Operator
Passionately she sang of Yoshitsune, her love and yearning for him, and her joy that he had successfully managed to evade his evil half-brother Yoritomo. Yoritomo was torn between rage at such effrontery and pleasure at the exquisite beauty of her voice. Lesley Downer, Women of the Pleasure Quarters
Origin of effrontery
1705-1715
Effrontery is from French effronterie, ultimately from Late Latin effrons, effront-, "shameless," literally "without forehead" (to blush with), from Latin ex-, "out of" + frons, front-, "forehead."