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insult

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an act or expression showing scorn and usually intended to hurt anotherʼs feelings

  • panelists on that political talk show simply exchange insults, not ideas
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insult

Synonyms and Antonyms of insult

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  • insulted their hosts by casually remarking about the outdated look of their home
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Synonym Discussion of insult

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


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