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

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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 Natasha and Kendra, both active on social media, spoke of the challenge of seeing people insult their husbands on the internet. Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2021 Rather than fostering misogynistic attitudes or overprotective behaviors that insult women, chivalry has been a liberating force from ancient times onward. Jennifer Wollock, The Conversation, 23 Mar. 2021 One of the assistants kept a book of things Rudin had said to insult people. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 23 Apr. 2021 The victim's mom, Dawn (Enid Graham), keeps going on TV to insult Mare's detective work. Darren Franich, EW.com, 15 Apr. 2021 When the lawsuit was filed, the state police commissioner at the time claimed that lowering standards would endanger safety and insult those who had already met them. Mark Scolforo, Star Tribune, 13 Apr. 2021 But such restrictions insult the intelligence and integrity of millions of people. WSJ, 6 Feb. 2021 To me, there needs to be another way of addressing women that does not insult them and expect it to be accepted. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 26 Apr. 2021 Interesting psychology there, too, that people who insult themselves are not then worthy of the effort of hitting someone else who does so. Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The raid, on what's considered a holy Muslim site on one of the holiest nights of Ramadan, is viewed by Muslims as an insult. USA Today, 20 May 2021 Farshad couldn't tell if the assignment was legitimate or designed as an insult. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, 16 Feb. 2021 But Joseph sees this less as an insult to the art itself and more as further proof that the conversation needs to be had. Megan Embrey, House Beautiful, 27 Jan. 2021 Eric Swalwell being named as a manager in the second impeachment hearing against President Trump has come across as an insult to many Republicans. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, 13 Jan. 2021 To add insult to injury, growing inflation cuts into their purchasing power. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 7 May 2021 The legislation passed by a margin of 22-11 despite vocal opposition from Democrats, some of whom took the bill as a personal insult. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, 13 Mar. 2021 Trump lost because the majority of Americans chose his opponent, Beckett said, but the GOP’s reaction to Biden’s win was only the final insult. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 4 May 2021 Despite winning two Academy Awards, the movie, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, did little to ease the insult. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 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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5 Jun 2021

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“Insult.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insult. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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