insult

verb
in·sult | \ in-ˈsəlt \
insulted; insulting; insults

Definition of insult 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat with insolence, indignity, or contempt : affront also : to affect offensively or damagingly doggerel that insults the reader's intelligence

intransitive verb

archaic : to behave with pride or arrogance : vaunt

insult

noun
in·sult | \ ˈin-ˌsəlt \

Definition of insult (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a gross indignity

2 : 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

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Other words from insult

Verb

insulter noun
insultingly \in-ˈsəl-tiŋ-lē \ adverb

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Verb

offend, outrage, affront, insult mean to cause hurt feelings or deep resentment. offend need not imply an intentional hurting but it may indicate merely a violation of the victim's sense of what is proper or fitting. hoped that my remarks had not offended her outrage implies offending beyond endurance and calling forth extreme feelings. outraged by their accusations affront implies treating with deliberate rudeness or contemptuous indifference to courtesy. deeply affronted by his callousness insult suggests deliberately causing humiliation, hurt pride, or shame. insulted every guest at the party

Examples of insult in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

The fans hurled insults at the referee as he walked off the field after the game. Their decision to cancel the project was an insult to all my hard work. They got into a fight over a minor insult.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The effect is instructive without being insulting, a literary experience that was (and arguably still is) all too rare for black readers. Hannah Giorgis, Bon Appetit, "How Freda DeKnight’s Cookbook, ‘A Date with a Dish’ Inspired Generations of Black Cooks," 19 June 2018 San Diego State center Malik Pope almost seemed insulted when asked to describe his game. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Ethan Happ debates NBA draft or Wisconsin; What about Detroit Pistons?," 28 May 2018 Stoltenberg has the challenging task of chairing the first major gathering of western leaders since a Group of Seven meeting last month ended with Trump insulting the host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Lorne Cook, The Seattle Times, "EU official criticizes Trump over attitude toward allies," 10 July 2018 After Messi was banned for four games in March 2017 for insulting a referee, the team stumbled badly. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "For Argies, Soccer is Religion, World Cup Win is Heaven," 16 June 2018 Halima Mdee, a lawmaker who criticised Mr Magufuli’s stance, was arrested and charged with insulting the president. The Economist, "In Tanzania, getting impregnated also means getting expelled from school," 14 June 2018 For the President of the United States to send that signal to a North Korean general struck many people as odd at best, and insulting at worst, to the tens of thousands of North Koreans who have struggled under Kim's dictatorship. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "What was Donald Trump thinking when he saluted a North Korean general?," 14 June 2018 The conversation will last 10 minutes, and Danny Duffy will insult his pitching at least a dozen times in a dozen different ways. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "'It kills me so much': Danny Duffy's search for baseball peace during his worst stretch | The Kansas City Star," 14 May 2018 Like most establishment Republicans, the Bush family was quietly dismissive of Trump - who repeatedly insulted Jeb Bush and other primary opponents during the 2016 campaign. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Donald Trump may be best thing that ever happened to George W. Bush," 13 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For as long as the White House has existed, its star occupants have inspired a voluble mix of demonstrations, insults and satire. Paul Schwartzman And Josh Dawsey, chicagotribune.com, "'It's burning people out': Trump aides endure public fury toward president's policies around D.C.," 9 July 2018 For as long as the White House has existed, its star occupants have inspired a voluble mix of demonstrations, insults and satire. Author: Paul Schwartzman, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "'Viciousness': Trump aides endure public fury toward president's policies," 9 July 2018 And then, after Trump was elected, the Mexican government struggled to maintain a relationship despite the insults and harsh rhetoric coming from the White House. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "Rocky under Trump, U.S.-Mexico relations will be tested under new president Lopez Obrador," 3 July 2018 About 100 people showed up to a community forum at Verrado on Monday evening filled with anger, tears, insults and allegations. Kaila White, azcentral, "Scandal on school bus sparks fury at Verrado High in Buckeye," 3 July 2018 The insult did nothing to prevent the Trump-Kim summit, but Mr. Kim’s use of the unusual word will probably guarantee this pejorative suffix a place in history. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "When good words turn bad," 28 June 2018 Curran was in the room, but appeared innocent of the insults her spirit was delivering to the prestigious doctor. Joy Lanzendorfer, Longreads, "Ghost Writer: The Story of Patience Worth, the Posthumous Author," 14 June 2018 The handshake marked the start of the summit between the leaders, and displayed a stark contrast from the insults that had previously been thrown out by both men in the months leading up to the sit-down meeting. Sophie Tatum, CNN, "Trump on Kim: Without exchange of insults 'we wouldn't have been here'," 12 June 2018 In a classic episode of the sit-com Seinfeld, the weaselly George Costanza (played by Jason Alexander) smarts from an insult and tries to come up with a worthy retort. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Like George Costanza, Trump is the master of the sadly belated comeback.," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of insult

Verb

1540, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for insult

Verb

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

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insult

verb

English Language Learners Definition of insult

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

insult

noun

English Language Learners Definition of insult (Entry 2 of 2)

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

insult

verb
in·sult | \ in-ˈsəlt \
insulted; insulting

Kids Definition of insult

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to treat or speak to with disrespect You insulted them by leaving early.

insult

noun
in·sult | \ ˈin-ˌsəlt \

Kids Definition of insult (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or statement showing disrespect

insult

noun
in·sult | \ ˈin-ˌsəlt \

Medical Definition of insult 

1 : injury to the body or one of its parts repeated acute vascular insults any insult to the constitution of a patient suffering from active tuberculosisJournal of the American Medical Association

2 : something that causes or has a potential for causing insult to the body damage resulting from malnutritional insults

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