insult

verb
in·​sult | \ in-ˈsəlt How to pronounce insult (audio) \
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 How to pronounce insult (audio) \

Definition of insult (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a gross indignity : an instance of insolent or contemptuous speech or conduct
2 : injury to the body or one of its parts also : something that causes or has a potential for causing such injury pollution and other environmental insults

Other Words from insult

Verb

insulter noun

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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 Since then, the phrase has become increasingly popular among conservative circles to secretly insult the president. NBC News, 1 Nov. 2021 Trump supporter Tova Weinberg, for instance, went out of her way to antagonize protesters, engaging them in conversation only to insult them. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 Their conversation is abruptly brought to a halt when the minister’s wife notices that Perry is drunk, prompting the boy to insult her before breaking down in tears. Maggie Doherty, The New Republic, 8 Oct. 2021 Now, adding injury to insult, quarterback D’Eriq King is banged up. Tom Layberger, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 That the phrase is actually a way to insult President Biden. Andy Meek, BGR, 8 Nov. 2021 Don’t insult Donald Trump but do everything to keep him away. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2021 The only thing worse than saying silly things is saying silly things that insult the collective intelligence. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 26 Aug. 2021 But it’s one of the privileges of living in a democratic age that people can insult the head of state without fear of jail or other punishment. Rich Lowry, National Review, 2 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Abdullah Khenjani, a former deputy minister, called the interview an insult to the miseries of the Afghan people. Saeed Shah, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2021 The idea that the word might lose its potency as an insult over time gives me a lot of reassurance. Rose Stokes, refinery29.com, 26 Dec. 2021 On TikTok, there perhaps is no insult more withering and devastating than to be told by a teenager that your content is cringe. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 22 Dec. 2021 The president, Janie Orlean (Meryl Streep), is a hack and a buffoon surrounded by many, none more poisonous than her high-ranking son, Jason (Jonah Hill in relentless insult-comic mode). Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Dec. 2021 After one reporter questioned the D.A. about an insult the sheriff had lobbed earlier in the day, Gascón responded in kind. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2021 Erick All, who snared a pass with his left hand for an insult-to-injury kind of score. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 5 Dec. 2021 For the French anthropologist Nastassja Martin, this difficulty in meaning-making heaps insult on (devastating) injury. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 3 Dec. 2021 This is extremely painful from a human point of view and an insult to the legacy on which the brand is built today. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 29 Nov. 2021

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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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2 Dec 2021

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“Insult.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insult. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for insult

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 How to pronounce insult (audio) \
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 How to pronounce insult (audio) \

Kids Definition of insult (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or statement showing disrespect

insult

noun
in·​sult | \ ˈin-ˌsəlt How to pronounce insult (audio) \

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

Other Words from insult

insult verb

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