An affront is an action that causes offense. If someone blows smoke in your face after you've asked him to put out his cigarette, you would consider it an affront.

Affronter was an old French word meaning "to confront" or "slap in the face." It's from the Latin, ad frontem, meaning "to the face." Sure, a slap in the face would still be considered an affront, but other non-physical actions would also count. Some would even call a misplaced apostrophe an affront to the English language. Don't confuse affront with effrontery, which means "presumptuousness."

Definitions of affront
  1. noun
    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    synonyms: insult
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    an affront to one's dignity or self-esteem
    outrage, scandalisation, scandalization
    the act of scandalizing
    type of:
    discourtesy, offence, offense, offensive activity
    a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
  2. verb
    treat, mention, or speak to rudely
    synonyms: diss, insult
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    type of:
    bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound
    hurt the feelings of
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