effrontery effrontery  /ɪf ˈrən tə ri/

Definition(s):

  • (n) audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to

Usage(s):

  1. It was shocking to learn that the parishioners had the effrontery to accuse the Minister of stealing from the church.
  2. Accusing the police chief of taking bribe was unthinkable and constituted brazen effrontery.

News

  • CD Reviews: Eric Church, Katy B, others

    For the first time, Eric Church is relying on bombast, effrontery and epic scale to achieve the same sort of impact he used to make through human-scale storytelling.
    on February 15, 2014     Source: The Star-Ledger

Quotes

  1. "It is an effrontery for the House of Commons to make the deeply hypocritical move of exempting itself from a law that applies to every other public body in the country," said Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker, who opposed the move.
    on May 18, 2007 By: Norman Baker Source: Out-Law.com

  2. "I'm at a loss to explain the blizzard of negative advance buzz fired at (Tom Cruise) for the effrontery of playing a half-blind, one-armed Nazi hero," says Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times.
    on Jan 6, 2009 By: Roger Ebert Source: Isthmus Daily Page

  3. It was, as Steele says, "the effrontery, the insolence, that was expected in our new commitment to militancy."
    on May 10, 2006 By: Shelby Steele Source: National Review Online

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