Article »

effrontery - vocabulary

This Grammar.com article is about effrontery - vocabulary — enjoy your reading!

effrontery - noun

Unblushing impudence or boldness; barefaced audacity; “nerve.”

Note: Do not confuse the noun effrontery with the verb and noun affront.

The verb affront means “to insult, to offend deliberately”; the noun means “insult” and takes to or, less frequently, of: I couldn’t forgive his affront to [of] his mother. Effrontery is “impudence, boldness, audacity, presumption”: She then had the effrontery to ask a favor.

—Kenneth G. Wilson The Columbia Guide to Standard American English (1993)

Note: You may download the Grammar eBook Build Your Vocabulary and get all 406 vocabulary words.

 

Next Word: egoism, egotism Previous Word: efficacious

Have a discussion about this article with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this article to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"effrontery - vocabulary." Grammar.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 20 Nov. 2017. <http://www.grammar.com/effrontery-vocabulary>.

Free Writing Tool:

Instant
Grammar Checker

Improve your grammar, vocabulary, and writing -- and it's FREE!


Improve your writing now:

Download Grammar eBooks

It’s now more important than ever to develop a powerful writing style. After all, most communication takes place in reports, emails, and instant messages.