verb in·sult \in-ˈsəlt\

: to do or say something that is offensive to (someone) : to do or say something that shows a lack of respect for (someone)

Full Definition of INSULT

intransitive verb
:  to behave with pride or arrogance :  vaunt
transitive verb
:  to treat with insolence, indignity, or contempt :  affront; also :  to affect offensively or damagingly <doggerel that insults the reader's intelligence>
in·sult·er noun
in·sult·ing·ly \in-ˈsəl-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of INSULT

  1. She felt they had insulted her by repeatedly ignoring her questions.
  2. We were greatly insulted by his rudeness.
  3. They're understandably insulted when no one asks for their opinion on a matter that affects them so much.

Origin of INSULT

Middle French or Latin; Middle French insulter, from Latin insultare, literally, to spring upon, from in- + saltare to leap — more at saltation
First Known Use: 1540


noun in·sult \ˈin-ˌsəlt\

: a rude or offensive act or statement : something that insults someone

Full Definition of INSULT

:  a gross indignity
:  injury to the body or one of its parts; also :  something that causes or has a potential for causing such insult <pollution and other environmental insults>

Examples of INSULT

  1. The fans hurled insults at the referee as he walked off the field after the game.
  2. Their decision to cancel the project was an insult to all my hard work.
  3. They got into a fight over a minor insult.

First Known Use of INSULT



noun in·sult \ˈin-ˌsəlt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INSULT

:  injury to the body or one of its parts <repeated acute vascular insults> <any insult to the constitution of a patient suffering from active tuberculosis—Journal of the American Medical Association>
:  something that causes or has a potential for causing insult to the body <damage resulting from malnutritional insults>
insult verb


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