The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Affront \Af*front"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Affronted; p. pr. &
vb. n. Affronting.] [OF. afronter, F. affronter, to
confront, LL. affrontare to strike against, fr. L. ad + frons
forehead, front. See Front.]
1. To front; to face in position; to meet or encounter face
to face. [Obs.]
All the sea-coasts do affront the Levant. --Holland.
That he, as 't were by accident, may here
Affront Ophelia. --Shak.
2. To face in defiance; to confront; as, to affront death;
hence, to meet in hostile encounter. [Archaic]
3. To offend by some manifestation of disrespect; to insult
to the face by demeanor or language; to treat with marked
How can any one imagine that the fathers would have
dared to affront the wife of Aurelius? --Addison.
Syn: To insult; abuse; outrage; wound; illtreat; slight;
defy; offend; provoke; pique; nettle.