Examples of insolent in a Sentence
… the tempos were all-out fast and the tone was flat-out insolent. To some, rock-and-roll was as threatening as Communism and desegregation. —Margo Jefferson, New York Times, 26 Oct. 1994
Sweating, cursing the whole Mickey Mouse operation, they paced themselves with their own insolent complaints while the foreman cursed loudest … —Jayne Anne Phillips, Granta, Spring 1991
They could go days without food or water; they could withstand burning heat … ; and if they were horribly cruel to their captives, they could themselves accept torture with insolent defiance. —James A. Michener, Texas, 1985
Insolent behavior will not be tolerated.
an appallingly insolent reply to a reasonable request
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Horn calls peaked the enormous tutti crescendos, and Till approached his somber end with an insolent whistle from clarinet.
On the surface, Hyun-su is an insolent young punk trying to pick a fight with anybody who crosses his path.
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Synonym Discussion of insolent
INSOLENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of insolent for English Language Learners
: rude or impolite : having or showing a lack of respect for other people
INSOLENT Defined for Kids
Definition of insolent for Students
: showing lack of respect for rank or authority
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