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

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Other Words from insult

Verb

insulter noun
insultingly \ in-​ˈsəl-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce insultingly (audio) \ adverb

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Synonyms: 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 The scale and power of this online army was demonstrated when a boycott campaign resulted in the Elhiwar Ettounsi TV channel losing 1m followers from its Facebook page in a matter of hours after the owner insulted Saied. 1843, "Tunisia’s new president: how memes and viral videos led to a “Robocop” revolution," 18 Oct. 2019 His tweets have ranged from insulting and badgering his critics and enemies to announcing significant shifts in U.S. policy, but nothing sparked as much interest from his Twitter audience as rapper A$AP Rocky's release in August. USA Today, "Telling numbers from President Trump's first 1,000 days," 17 Oct. 2019 Animals are everywhere in this show: Characters insult each other through invocations of weasels and snakes and extinction-ready dinosaurs. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Why Succession Works So Well as Horror," 13 Oct. 2019 Logan insults everyone, and Shiv becomes hell-bent on destroying her father. Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Succession Season 1: What You Need to Remember Before the New Season," 11 Aug. 2019 Bolsonaro has insulted adversaries and allies, disparaged women, black and gay people, and even praised his country's 1964-1985 dictatorship. Anchorage Daily News, "G-7 pledges funds to fight Amazon fires," 26 Aug. 2019 The group also insulted women and mocked constituents, including victims of Hurricane Maria. CBS News, "Puerto Rico officials tied to online chat ordered to surrender cellphones," 23 July 2019 Trump’s tweets created fury among many British politicians and officials, who found themselves insulted by the president’s decision to have the administration cut off contact with their ambassador. Patrick Cant, The Mercury News, "UK diplomat out after Trump calls him a ‘fool’," 10 July 2019 French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday continued his feud with Bolsonaro, who has endorsed a Facebook post insulting Macron's wife. Anchorage Daily News, "G-7 pledges funds to fight Amazon fires," 26 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To add insult to injury, the lower someone's wealth ranking, the faster the decrease. Bruce M. Boghosian, Scientific American, "Is Inequality Inevitable?," 1 Nov. 2019 The cease-fire does not change the fact that America has abandoned an ally, adding insult to dishonor,’’ Romney said in a scathing floor speech, shortly after Pence’s announcement. BostonGlobe.com, "The agreement “ends the violence — which is what President Trump sent us here to do,” Pence said at a news conference at the ambassador’s residence.," 18 Oct. 2019 To add insult to injury, the cops trolled the drug runner fail with hashtags like #lostandfound, #yourIDishere, #jointoperation, #buds, and of course #weedliketotalk. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "West Texas drug runner leaves behind 1,100 pounds of pot and wallet; cops offer to return ID," 16 Sep. 2019 To add insult to injury, the tickets that get away appear on AXS’s own resale market seconds later at double the cost, if not more. Dylan Owens, The Know, "Mission Ballroom’s hot tickets have fans feeling burned by quick sell-outs and high resale prices," 16 Aug. 2019 Adding insult to injury, Mr. Gandhi—the son, grandson and great-grandson of prime ministers—lost in the family bastion of Amethi this past election. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "It’s Game Over for the Gandhis as a Political Dynasty Dies," 11 July 2019 This is actually an insult to the Christians on our team. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "Ashlyn Harris hits back at claim USWNT doesn’t welcome Christianity," 17 July 2019 He was put on the court through a sham process, and his place on the court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The New Brett Kavanaugh Revelations Prove the Original FBI Investigation Was a Sham," 16 Sep. 2019 He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. chicagotribune.com, "Trump dismisses new allegation against Brett Kavanaugh as ‘lies,’ while some 2020 Democratic candidates call for justice’s impeachment," 15 Sep. 2019

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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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of insult was in 1540

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insult

verb
How to pronounce insult (audio)

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
How to pronounce insult (audio)

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

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