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

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On Monday, Police charged a 36-year-old man in Louisiana for the latest act of ice cream insolence. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Blue Bell could add more protection to ice cream cartons after Texas licking incident," 9 July 2019 All the characteristic Winogrand elements are to be found: energy, surprise, voraciousness, avidity, dauntlessness, wit, alertness, muscularity, gusto, slyness, insolence, stunned wonder (that especially). Mark Feeney,, "Garry Winogrand, that master of black-and-white, was a master of color, too," 20 June 2019 The footguards, who had long been jealous of the prerogatives and insolence of the Praetorian cavalry, embraced the party of the people. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Crowder Isn’t a Threat to Public Safety," 6 June 2019 Might insecurity, then, explain her wearisome insolence? Anna Mundow, WSJ, "‘Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret’ Review: The Id of the Royal Family," 3 Aug. 2018 Misunderstanding can be mistaken for insolence or defiance. Christine Sexton,, "Deaf drivers could help during traffic stops," 17 Mar. 2018 A direct attack on the freedom of the press and the liberty of speech at the North, where alone either exists, were no more incredible than the later insolences of its tyranny ... Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The 1850s Response to the Racism of 2017," 16 Aug. 2017 Among the violations: damage to property, assaulting another inmate, disobeying direct orders and insolence. Steve Mills,, "How did Terrance Jenkins die? Guards, prisoners disagree on details in inmate's death," 17 July 2017 Tiger Woods' jaw is slack, not set in defiance, not firm at all, hanging there placidly, without insolence, without resolve. Bernie Lincicome,, "Tiger Woods, like his long lost golf game, isn't a pretty picture," 10 June 2017

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First Known Use of insolence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of insolence was in the 14th century

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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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