AFFRONT', verb transitive [Latin frons, front, face.]
1. Literally, to meet or encounter face to face, in a good or bad sense; as,
The seditious affronted the king's forces
[The foregoing sense is obsolete.]
2. To offer abuse to the face; to insult, dare or brave openly; to offer abuse or insult in any manner, by words or actions; as, to affront one by giving him the lie.
3. To abuse, or give cause of offense to, without being present with the person; to make slightly angry; a popular use of the word.
1. Opposition to the face; open defiance; encounter. obsolete
2. Ill treatment; abuse; any thing reproachful or contemptuous, that excites or justifies resentment, as foul language, or personal abuse. It usually expresses a less degree of abuse than insult
3. Shame; disgrace. [Not used.]
4. In popular language, slight resentment; displeasure.