• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Affrontive Tending to affront or offend; offensive; abusive. "How affrontive it is to despise mercy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • affrontive Giving offense; tending to offend; abusive.
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  • Joseph Addison
    “Young men soon give, and soon forget, affronts; old age is slow in both.”
  • Epictetus
    “It is not he who gives abuse that affronts, but the view that we take of it as insulting; so that when one provokes you it is your own opinion which is provoking.”


In literature:

The Pazzi, with their nobility and wealth unable to endure so many affronts, began to devise some means of vengeance.
"History Of Florence And Of The Affairs Of Italy" by Niccolo Machiavelli
I entreat you to consider the affront received.
"Samuel Brohl & Company" by Victor Cherbuliez
How I despise myself for giving any one the chance to affront me thus.
"White Lies" by Charles Reade
He, for his part, could not bear the affront with any patience.
"The Boys' and Girls' Plutarch" by Plutarch
My own sweet dove of a mammy; who but a beast could hurt or affront you?
"Put Yourself in His Place" by Charles Reade
I must not affront the good ladies, but I shall soon send off the priest, I think.
"Red Gauntlet" by Sir Walter Scott
There was no insult, no affront, no abuse.
"The Memoirs of Victor Hugo" by Victor Hugo
Must one even think what to do in so gross an affront?
"Amphitryon" by Moliere
Lately he had been told of the death of Slippery Trendley and Deacon Rankin, and he accepted their passing as a personal affront.
"Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up" by Clarence Edward Mulford
Raskolnikov had unwarily fixed a very long and direct look on him, so that he felt positively affronted.
"Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Dinner has already been refused; this is affronting to the house of les Medici.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Louis could not endure this spectacle and this affront.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
It was her business not to be affronted by familiar remarks and actions.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
It would be an affront to his dignity to interrupt.
"Under Fire" by Charles King
Was it possible to swallow such an affront?
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
It will be joy to him to thus affront Cassion, for there is no love lost between them.
"Beyond the Frontier" by Randall Parrish
Ah, Monsieur the Patriot, you did go, you did affront the tyrant?
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
From their point of view it was an unnecessary affront.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
Miss Peyton was shocked and grieved; but she was also affronted and wounded.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 98, December, 1865" by Various
I look upon it as an affront, and expect satisfaction!
"The Colonial Cavalier" by Maud Wilder Goodwin

In poetry:

O ill-requited bard! neglect
Thy living worth repaid,
And blind idolatrous respect
As much affronts thee dead.
"Stanzas On The Late Indecent Liberties Taken With The Remains Of The Great Milton" by William Cowper
"My purpose went not to develop
Such insight in Earthland;
Such potent appraisements affront me,
And sadden my reign!
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy
Some are of iron, to affront the gay,
And some of bronze, to satirize the brave,
But most are merely a compost of clay
Cut in the sleepy features of a slave.
"The Golden Corpse" by Stephen Vincent Benet
I honor you, who, though refused, affronted,
Have heard the voice, and victory have won;
I honor you, who still by malice hunted,
Show miracles of faith and power done.
"To Missionary Skrefsrud In Santalistan" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
“An old affront will stir the heart
Through years of rankling pain,
And I feel the fret that urged me yet
That warfare to maintain;
For an enemy’s loss may well be set
Above an infant’s gain.
"Strife and Peace" by Jean Ingelow
Deep in the brooding shadow of thy wing,
Hidden and hushed and harbored here,
My soul for very stillness cannot sing;
A word would rend the silence, and a tear
Of joy affront the sense of cool and dark and rest.
"Giving Of Thanks" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

In news:

Why editing ' Huckleberry Finn ' is an affront to literature and its readers.
"It's an affront to the entire criminal-justice system," Sedita said of witness intimidation .
B'nai B'rith Says UN Rapporteur 's Call For Boycotts Represent Anti-Israel Discrimination, Affront To Peace.
Democrats' attitude an affront to the American people.
Illegal immigrants an affront to those here lawfully.
They are an affront to protected speech.
Open profession of atheism is almost unheard-of in Egypt and is widely considered an affront to society as a whole.
She says Morsy, Brotherhood pushing Islamist style power, their constitution an affront.
So, you really want the Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe , but its huge V8 engine is an affront to your eco-morality.
Yet, Michael consistently felt affronted by Jon Daniels' occasional desire to shed the contract.
The cartoon of Jesus in today's paper was an affront to a community in which Christianity guides the lives of many.
It was either a deliberate affront or a foolish jest.
Like Mount Vesuvius but at briefer intervals, Prince Charles erupts in high dudgeon over various and sundry affronts to his very particular and sometimes very peculiar notions of how life should be lived.
Vladimir Putin and the Orthodox Church have masterfully stoked regional and rural resentments, framing the punk band's resistance to political oppression as an affront to national values.
This inevitably triggers an impassioned debate over whether the event is a cute tradition or a racist affront to Dutch society.