Definition of effrontery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪˈfrʌntəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈfrʌntəri//
[uncountable] (formal) Describing unpleasant traits
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behaviour that is confident and very rude, without any feeling of shame synonym nerve He had the effrontery to accuse me of lying! See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits Word Originlate 17th cent.: from French effronterie, based on late Latin effrons, effront- ‘shameless, barefaced’, from ex- ‘out’ + frons ‘forehead’.
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