insulting

adjective
in·​sult·​ing | \ in-ˈsəl-tiŋ How to pronounce insulting (audio) \

Definition of insulting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: giving or intended to give offense : being or containing an insult (see insult entry 2 sense 1) Without the wit, of course, such sentiments would be construed as deeply insultingThe American Scholar … pasted insulting bumper stickers on their vehicles …— James A. Michener … considered the proposal so impracticable as to be insulting.— Alice Adams The book is "dumbed down" to an almost insulting level.— Joel Bangilan

insulting

Definition of insulting (Entry 2 of 2)

present participle of insult entry 1

Other Words from insulting

Adjective

insultingly \ in-​ˈsəl-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce insulting (audio) \ adverb
But always his triumphs are the triumphs of a highly sensitive man: a man must feel insults before he can so insultingly and splendidly avenge them. — G. K. Chesterton He is a gifted preacher, fashioning sermons that are neither inaccessibly erudite nor insultingly shallow. — Kevin Sack

First Known Use of insulting

Adjective

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of insulting was circa 1616

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“Insulting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insulting. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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