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She had the effrontery to laugh at the mayor’s request.
  rude and disrespectful behavior — often made by someone who does not realize they are being rude — as when someone is presumptuous or impolitely bold
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  • She had the effrontery to laugh at the mayor’s request.
  • Armed with too much confidence and effrontery, she made a lot of enemies.
  • I wonder—yes I wonder how he has the effrontery to look me in the face, to dare to claim acquaintance with me.
    Forster, E. M.  --  A Room With A View
  • Oh, woman, throw off your disguising cloaks of selfishness, effrontery, and affectation
    Jerome, Jerome K.  --  Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

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  • I’ll have no effrontery here!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • You have the effrontery to bring your monster into my house, and tell me it’s nothing much!
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • you ... have the effrontery to imagine...
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • He stood close to her, and the effrontery in his eyes repelled the old, vanishing self in her, yet drew all her awakening sensuousness.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • Denis Eady was the son of Michael Eady, the ambitious Irish grocer, whose suppleness and effrontery had given Starkfield its first notion of "smart" business methods, and whose new brick store testified to the success of the attempt.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • ...the mild effrontery of this unaccountable scrivener.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street

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  • What effrontery!
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • McMurphy would be embarrassed to absolute tears if he were aware of some of the simon-pure motives people had been claiming were behind some of his dealings. He would take it as a direct effrontery to his craft.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Can’t you see how he has the effrontery to compare his own shabby surveillance of us with God’s providence?
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Edgar was incensed by her effrontery, practically amounting to insubordination.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • To many, there is an effrontery in DRUMMOND’S very voice—folksy and relaxed.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • I find thou hast the most consummate effrontery to dare to mention so presumptuous a design!
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • In the McGraw-Hill atmosphere of gelid impersonality it was considered an effrontery, if not downright dirty, to express even mild interest in the private lives of others.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • In France, my dear sir, half such a piece of effrontery as that would cause you to be quickly despatched to Toulon for five years, for change of air.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Who was this novice in war with the effrontery of a luminary?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Since they have just been proposing to raid his stores, this is a piece of effrontery that the giant brushes aside.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • And yet, when I had the effrontery to make you this same proposition, you turned me out of the house.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • All this was of such incredible immodesty, of such monstrous effrontery, that d’Artagnan could scarcely believe what he saw or what he heard.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • When the supports attached to Tushin’s battery had been moved away in the middle of the action by someone’s order, the battery had continued firing and was only not captured by the French because the enemy could not surmise that anyone could have the effrontery to continue firing from four quite undefended guns.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It was an air of inanities uttered as revelations and insolently demanding acceptance as such; an air, not of innocent presumption, but of conscious effrontery; as if the author knew the nature of his work and boasted of his power to make it appear sublime in the minds of his audience and thus destroy the capacity for the sublime within them.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Major — de Coverley straightened with astonishment at Milo’s effrontery and concentrated upon him the full fury of his storming countenance with its rugged overhang of gullied forehead and huge crag of a humpbacked nose that came charging out of his face wrathfully like a Big Ten fullback.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He sees effrontery.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The effrontery of it is beyond admiration.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • I wonder—yes I wonder how he has the effrontery to look me in the face, to dare to claim acquaintance with me.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • "Let Gurth do thine office, Oswald," said Wamba with his usual effrontery; "the swineherd will be a fit usher to the Jew."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • He behaved not exactly with more dignity but with more effrontery.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • ’I consent, count, and am ready to overlook it; but you perceive that my wife—my wife’s a respectable woman —has been exposed to the persecution, and insults, and effrontery of young upstarts, scoundrels….’
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Neither I nor the rest of my people eat the flesh of animals because we cannot bear to hurt another creature to satisfy our hunger, and you have the effrontery to ask if killing disturbs us?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The soldier made a low and humble acknowledgment for her civility; and Heyward adding a "Bonne nuit, mon camarade," they moved deliberately forward, leaving the sentinel pacing the banks of the silent pond, little suspecting an enemy of so much effrontery, and humming to himself those words which were recalled to his mind by the sight of women, and, perhaps, by recollections of his own distant and beautiful France: "Vive le vin, vive l’amour," etc., etc. " ’tis well you understood the…
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The day had been such a success, and the temporary uneasiness which Henchard’s show of effrontery had wrought in her disappeared with the quiet disappearance of Henchard himself under her husband’s reproof.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Dingbat was glad I was coming, and he made a speech to all, with that animal effrontery of his whenever he was in charge.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • "Ah—I hope the house will be gayer, now that Ellen’s here!" cried Mrs. Mingott with a glorious effrontery.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Not one to cower before this kind of effrontery, the President one week later suspended Stanton, and appointed in his place the one man whom Stanton did not dare resist, General Grant.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Leaving everybody to wonder where she had learned her effrontery from.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Camilla was uneasy at this, dreading lest it might prove the means of endangering her honour, and asked whether her intrigue had gone beyond words, and she with little shame and much effrontery said it had; for certain it is that ladies’ imprudences make servants shameless, who, when they see their mistresses make a false step, think nothing of going astray themselves, or of its being known.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • In a town that had chafed under the tricks of the gypsies there was no future for those ambulatory acrobats of commerce who with equal effrontery offered a whistling kettle and a daily regime that would assure the salvation of the soul on the seventh day; but from those who let themselves be convinced out of fatigue and the ones who were always unwary, they reaped stupendous benefits.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • She climbed on to the centreboard that stuck out horizontally from the hull at water level and stood on it holding on to the gunwale while he swam below, marvelling at the slim lines of her figure and at her effrontery.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • This Dillard’s effrontery.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The caretaker was so struck with their innocent appearance, and with the elegance of Tess’s gown hanging across a chair, her silk stockings beside it, the pretty parasol, and the other habits in which she had arrived because she had none else, that her first indignation at the effrontery of tramps and vagabonds gave way to a momentary sentimentality over this genteel elopement, as it seemed.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Jude Fawley, with the self-conceit, effrontery, and aplomb of a strong-brained fellow in liquor, threw in his remarks somewhat peremptorily; and his aims having been what they were for so many years, everything the others said turned upon his tongue, by a sort of mechanical craze, to the subject of scholarship and study, the extent of his own learning being dwelt upon with an insistence that would have appeared pitiable to himself in his sane hours.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • He looked round with an air of insolent effrontery.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • His temerity, his effrontery, his American facking New York nerve.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • A car horn has a nightmarish kind of effrontery, or a birdsong.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • One of them had the effrontery to call me a liar, so we saw them off with a few quarrels.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • That monistic claim was the most naked piece of effrontery the Spirit had ever had to endure.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Many representatives privately voiced outrage over the effrontery of Talleyrand and his agents.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
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