in·​so·​lence | \ ˈin(t)-s(ə-)lən(t)s How to pronounce insolence (audio) \

Definition of insolence

1 : the quality or state of being insolent
2 : an instance of insolent conduct or treatment

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Examples of insolence in a Sentence

amazed that parents would tolerate such insolence from their teenaged children her frequent displays of insolence have lowered her standing among movie fans
Recent Examples on the Web Through scandal and plague, injuries and insolence, the Houston Astros remain unstoppable in the American League playoffs. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Astros advance to ALDS, extend Twins' postseason misery with series sweep," 30 Sep. 2020 Gary Cohn, like Kelly, cast himself and his core team of trickle-down hucksters as the sole bastion between Trump’s insolence and global economic devastation. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Conservatives Are Already Whitewashing the Trump Years," 21 Sep. 2020 Through it all – disease and disaster, injuries and insolence – Major League Baseball is on the doorstep of completing its 60-game season. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "'It feels like 162 right now': Why MLB's 60-game season has been a mental grind," 16 Sep. 2020 Please consider the orchestral insolence of our tester, the 2020 Huracán Evo RWD. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Lamborghini Huracán Evo: Why the EU Is Silencing Screaming Supercars," 12 June 2020 Consequently, the dire state of the planet was pinned on one generation, even lifelong environmentalists, while another was chided for insolence and ignorance. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "It was the year of ‘OK boomer,’ and the generations were at each other’s throats," 24 Dec. 2019 Palpatine tries to murder Luke for his insolence, but Vader’s love for his son proves too much., "What we know about Emperor Palpatine — and how he could impact Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 1 Nov. 2019 Newcastle found Bellamy to be a Jekyll and Hyde character, equally capable of brilliance and insolence, with the two often occurring together., "90min's Premier League Hall of Fame: Class of 2018," 31 Oct. 2019 For a huge swath of the populace -- a cross-section of generations and political stripes -- the messages exposed the arrogance and insolence of a political elite long divorced from the struggles of ordinary people. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "The sudden downfall of one of Puerto Rico's most powerful political dynasties," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of insolence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Insolence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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in·​so·​lence | \ ˈin-sə-ləns How to pronounce insolence (audio) \

Kids Definition of insolence

: lack of respect for rank or authority

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