affront ə-ˈfrənt noun and verb
noun: a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
verb: treat, mention, or speak to rudely
The word affront has appeared in 135 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on April 23 in “Imams Overrule Pakistan’s Coronavirus Lockdown as Ramadan Nears” by Maria Abi-Habib and Zia ur-Rehman:
While clerics and governments across the Muslim world will greet Ramadan this week under lockdown, working together to shut mosques and urging worshipers to pray at home, in Pakistan, some of the most prominent imams have rallied their devotees to ignore the anti-pandemic measures.
…. An editorial in the prominent newspaper Dawn demanded that the clerical establishment take a back seat and let the government manage the crisis.
“This should not be seen as an affront to religion,” editors wrote last week. “Rather, it is an attempt to save the lives of the general public.”