Affront vs Accost - What's the difference?

affront | accost |

As nouns the difference between affront and accost

is that affront is while accost is (rare) address; greeting.

As a verb accost is

to approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.



(en verb)
  • To insult intentionally, especially openly.
  • * Addison
  • How can anyone imagine that the fathers would have dared to affront the wife of Aurelius?
  • To meet defiantly; to confront.
  • to affront death
  • * 1978 , (Lawrence Durrell), Livia'', Faber & Faber 1992 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 436:
  • Avignon was beginning to settle down for the night – that long painful stretch of time which must somehow be affronted .
  • (obsolete) To meet or encounter face to face.
  • * Holland
  • All the sea-coasts do affront the Levant.
  • * Shakespeare
  • That he, as 'twere by accident, may here / Affront Ophelia.


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    (en noun)
  • An open or intentional offense, slight, or insult.
  • Such behavior is an affront to society.
  • (obsolete) A hostile encounter or meeting.
  • Synonyms

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    (en verb)
  • To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.
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  • (obsolete) To join side to side; to border; hence, to sail along the coast or side of.
  • * So much [of Lapland] as accosts the sea. - Fuller
  • (obsolete) To approach; to come up to.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • To speak to first; to address; to greet.
  • * Milton
  • Him, Satan thus accosts .
  • * 1847 , , (Jane Eyre), Chapter XVIII
  • She approached the basin, and bent over it as if to fill her pitcher; she again lifted it to her head. The personage on the well-brink now seemed to accost her; to make some request—"She hasted, let down her pitcher on her hand, and gave him to drink."
  • (obsolete) To adjoin; to lie alongside.
  • * Spenser
  • the shores which to the sea accost
  • * Fuller
  • so much [of Lapland] as accosts the sea
  • To solicit sexually.
  • Derived terms

    * accostment


    (en noun)
  • (rare) Address; greeting.
  • Anagrams