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
Yet there she was, and moving with a leisureliness that must be described as effrontery!
Christian Sabbath, nor "approves the creed" of any orthodox denomination, to be lecturing a numerous body of Clergymen, as to what they ought or ought not to do, it is the culmination of all that is called effrontery!
Americanism Contrasted with Foreignism, Romanism, and Bogus Democracy in the Light of Reason, History, and Scripture; In which Certain Demagogues in Tennessee, and Elsewhere, are Shown Up in Their True Colors
Their latest topic is the "effrontery" of Jon Stewart who, by interviewing Jim Cramer, invaded their territory.
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So, I find I can't agree that his presence is an "effrontery," although I wholeheartedly agree that it is politically incongruous.
Armond saw the same "effrontery" found in British punk, and the provocative words and song titles heard from The Smiths.
And he, embarrassed and shaken for the moment by this sudden visitation, was still heartened and hardened into a kind of effrontery and gallantry such as he had not felt as yet in regard to her.
This is a much more frequent cause than one might think of the exhibition of an effrontery which is apparently deliberate and intentional.
They call loudly for the Knights, who enter as the Chorus to assist them against Cleon, encouraging the sausage-seller to show the brazen effrontery which is the mob-orator's sole protection, and to prove that a decent upbringing is meaningless.
She returned to court nevertheless, and constantly denying her marriage, fought it out with the effrontery which is so easily forgiven, in fashionable life, to youth, wit, and beauty.