Definition: Over self-confident shamelessness, barefaced audacity.
Origin: early 18th century – from French effronté, meaning ‘shameless’. Probably derives from the Latin frontus, meaning ‘forehead’ – as in ‘to stick one’s forehead in’ – which is a pretty good description of shamelessness.
Why this word?
While familiar with the word affront, I had only recently discovered the word effront and quickly became confused about what the difference between the two is and when to use them. Having spent much time researching them, we have arrived at an answer. First – a definition of affront – ‘an intentional insult; a deliberate act of disrespect’. The difference between the two begins to emerge. An affront is a deliberate act of disrespect, whereas an act of effrontery may not necessarily disrespect – but it shows brazenness.
How and when to use this word in a sentence:
Hopefully, these words will be used by you and not about you. If, however, one must be used to describe you , then effrontery is the one you want.
That friend who tries to get their dessert for free at a restaurant – that is an act of effrontery. However, when the restaurant manager refuses and your friend throws the dessert on the floor and stomps on it – that’s just crossed the affront line