When two animals or people on the coat of arms are facing each other in close proximity, they may be said to be Affrontant. The term Respectant is the more proper, but means the same thing. Occasionally one may find it said that the charges are regardant of each other, but that style of phrase is generally frowned upon due to its wordiness.
In general it is best to avoid the word Affrontant in your own blazonry to avoid confusion with the term Afrontée which means something completely different.
The posture is the reverse of Addorsed or Endorsed.
Affrontant, (fr. affronte): used when two animals face each other, e.g. of goats, stags, greyhounds; but the terms Confronting and Respecting each other, are more properly employed.
Sable, on a mount vert, two stags salient affrontant argent, attired or—John Fisher, Bp. of Exeter, 1803; Bp. of Salisbury, 1807—25.
Gules, two greyhounds salient affrontant or—Doooets, Norfolk.
A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry; Parker & Company (1894).
Originally posted 2010-01-09 14:16:20.