1. [syn: presumption, presumptuousness, effrontery, assumption]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Effrontery \Ef*front"er*y\, n.; pl. Effronteries. [F.
effronterie, fr. effront['e] shameless, fr. L. effrons,
-ontis, putting forth the forehead, i. e., barefaced,
shameless; ex + frons the forehead. See Front.]
Impudence or boldness in confronting or in transgressing the
bounds of duty or decorum; insulting presumptuousness;
shameless boldness; barefaced assurance.
Corruption lost nothing of its effrontery. --Bancroft.
Syn: Impudence; sauciness. See Impudence.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right
to; "he despised them for their presumptuousness" [syn:
presumption, presumptuousness, effrontery,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
32 Moby Thesaurus words for "effrontery":
arrogance, assurance, audacity, boldness, brashness, brass,
brazenness, bumptiousness, cheek, confidence, contumely, crust,
face, gall, hardihood, hubris, impertinence, impudence, insolence,
nerve, obtrusiveness, overweening, overweeningness, presumption,
presumptuousness, procacity, pushiness, self-assurance,
self-confidence, temerity, uppishness, uppityness