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.


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