affront (n.) Look up affront at
1590s, "an openly offensive word or deed," from affront (v.) or from French affront (n.), from the verb in French.
affront (v.) Look up affront at
early 14c., "offend by open disrespect," a figurative use, from Old French afronter "to face, confront; to slap in the face" (13c., Modern French affronter), from Late Latin affrontare "to strike against," from Latin ad frontem "to the face," from ad "to" (see ad-) + frons (genitive frontis) "forehead, front" (see front (n.)). Related: Affronted; affronting.