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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: afronter, from Vulgar Latin affrontare 'to hit in the face', from Latin ad- 'to' + frons 'forehead'

affront

1 verb
     
af‧front1 [transitive usually passive] formal
to offend or insult someone, especially by not showing respect:
He stepped back, affronted by the question.

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