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Nov 24, 2006
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effrontery

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effrontery

(i-FRUN-tuh-ree) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

noun: Shameless boldness; presumptuousness.

From French effronterie, from effronté (shameless), from Latin effrons (barefaced, shameless), from ex- (out of, from) + frons (forehead, brow).

"The effrontery of such pedestrian politicos to display their appetite for power and authority is stupefying."
Uri Dan; Think of Him As 'Last of the Just'; The Jerusalem Post (Israel); Nov 1, 2006.

See more usage examples of effrontery in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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