from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Brazen boldness; presumptuousness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Insolent and shameless audacity.
- n. An act of insolent and shameless audacity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Impudence or boldness in confronting or in transgressing the bounds of duty or decorum; insulting presumptuousness; shameless boldness; barefaced assurance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Assurance; shamelessness; sauciness; impudence or boldness in transgressing the bounds of modesty, propreity, duty, etc.: as, the effrontery of vice; their corrupt practices were pursued with bold effrontery.
- n. Synonyms Impertinence, etc. (see impudence); hardihood, audacity. See list under impertinence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to
French effronterie, from effronté, shameless, from Old French esfronte, from Vulgar Latin *effrontātus, alteration of Late Latin effrōns, effront- : ex-, ex- + frōns, front-, front, forehead.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From late 17th century French effronterie, from effronté ("shameless, insolent"), from Old French esfronté, from Vulgar Latin *exfrontātus, from Latin exfrōns ("barefaced"), from prefix ex- ("from") + frōns ("forehead"). (Wiktionary)