• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Affrontiveness ăf*frŭnt"ĭv*nĕs The quality that gives an affront or offense.
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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:

It was the street and the city and the life he had found fascinating, but now it jarred and affronted him.
"The Red Cross Girl" by Richard Harding Davis
I am sure, my boy, you would write nothing that could affront her.
"The Prime Minister" by Anthony Trollope
It is true that Sir Lewis and his ancestors had plagued them with law-suits, and affronted them at county meetings.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
His quiet was broken by daily affronts and lampoons.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 2 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
It sickened, wounded, deeply affronted him; turned him quite savage.
"The Lost Road" by Richard Harding Davis
Most illustrations, being definite, do but affront us.
"Yet Again" by Max Beerbohm
I kept an affront from you; but now, you see, I keep nothing.
"A Simpleton" by Charles Reade
Being a man of uncommon spirit, he never suffered the least insult or affront to pass unchastised.
"Travels Through France and Italy" by Tobias Smollett
And who affronts me, monsieur, be he whosoever he may be, renders me satisfaction.
"Bardelys the Magnificent" by Rafael Sabatini
Bruce seemed to take the nurse-disguise as a personal affront to himself.
"Bruce" by Albert Payson Terhune
Lad soon forgave the affront.
"Further Adventures of Lad" by Albert Payson Terhune
But why insult the poor, affront the great?
"Essay on Man Moral Essays and Satires" by Alexander Pope
The dull world has got the wrong phrase: it is he who resents an affront who pockets it!
"Donal Grant" by George MacDonald
No, but they remain still as a very affront to marriage.
"The New Atlantis" by Frances Bacon
On this occasion another affront was offered to Queensberry.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Ye may well start and look affronted.
"True to a Type, Vol. II (of 2)" by Robert Cleland
Don't be affronted; I shall invite you for your own sake another time.
"Camilla" by Fanny Burney
That she had affronted her aunt she was aware; Mrs. Trevisa's manner in parting with her had shown that with sufficient plainness.
"In the Roar of the Sea" by Sabine Baring-Gould
The affront, due to hypostatizing terms into objects, is as great as that of idealism.
"Essays in Experimental Logic" by John Dewey
Cathy, affronted at some remark made by Mrs. Reed, took herself off from her father's cottage.
"Johnny Ludlow. First Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood

In poetry:

Rebukes are easy from our betters,
From men of quality and letters;
But when low dunces will affront,
What man alive can stand the brunt?
"The Sick Lion and the Ass" by Jonathan Swift
But why, though fruit be snatch'd from me,
Should I distrust the glorious Root;
And still affront the standing tree,
By trusting more to falling fruit?
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
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:

Going Forward With NYC Marathon Would Have Been Moral Affront .
Paying Taxes Now Involves An Affront .
Failing' terminology is an affront .
Health Care Decision An " Affront " To Constitution.
Glenn Beck, Steve King: Health Care Bill Vote an Affront to God.
CBO Scoring a 'Fallacy,' 'Slaughter Solution' an ' Affront to the American People'.
The MTA's big bollards are an affront to Brooklyn.
Guantánamo Bay is a "shocking affront to the principles of democracy" and a violation of the rule of law, the lord chancellor, Lord Falconer, said today.
Bill C-45 is an affront to democracy.
An Inn Is an Oasis From Environmental Affronts.
To call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a "mad dog," as Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank did, is an affront to the canine community and those suffering from legitimate mental illness.
For some in the deaf community, CIs are an affront to their culture, which as they view it, is a minority threatened by the hearing majority.
While Hillary Clinton congratulates herself for the state of U.S.-Israeli relations, she is, for now, on the receiving end of what one might genuinely call an affront.
The clandestine jails are an affront to American values and an embarrassment in the world community.
In a tasteless affront to classic children's literature, the cartoon Gummies merged with the cartoon Winnie the Pooh into one sticky, adorable kids' show in 1989.