Synonyms & Antonyms of insult

(Entry 1 of 2)

an act or expression showing scorn and usually intended to hurt another's feelings
  • panelists on that political talk show simply exchange insults, not ideas

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Synonyms & Antonyms of insult (Entry 2 of 2)

to cause hurt feelings or deep resentment in
  • insulted their hosts by casually remarking about the outdated look of their home

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How is the word insult distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of insult are affront, offend, and outrage. While all these words mean "to cause hurt feelings or deep resentment," insult suggests deliberately causing humiliation, hurt pride, or shame.

insulted every guest at the party

When might affront be a better fit than insult?

The synonyms affront and insult are sometimes interchangeable, but affront implies treating with deliberate rudeness or contemptuous indifference to courtesy.

deeply affronted by his callousness

When would offend be a good substitute for insult?

The words offend and insult are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, 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

Where would outrage be a reasonable alternative to insult?

The words outrage and insult can be used in similar contexts, but outrage implies offending beyond endurance and calling forth extreme feelings.

outraged by their accusations

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The first known use of insult was in 1540

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“Insult.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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