| source : web1913 | 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}. | source : wn | effrontery n : impudent aggressiveness; "I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty" [syn: {boldness}, {nerve}, {brass}, {face}, {cheek}]