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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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 Jiyang police didn’t say what Mr. Luo had written to insult the soldiers. Liza Lin, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 It’s never a good idea to insult and demonize your top bankers. William Pesek, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 During a press briefing on Friday, a police officer said the arrest was made after the man allegedly booed the national anthem and chanted slogans to insult the country. Eric Cheung, CNN, 30 July 2021 The marauders transphobically insult Sam and plan to execute everyone. Nick Schager, EW.com, 20 Sep. 2021 If your customers struggle to evaluate a product, should an algorithm, and a bad one at that, reject those evaluations and insult them? Enrique Dans, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Disick appeared to insult the couple's affection for one another while sharing a photo of them kissing during their recent Italian getaway. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 31 Aug. 2021 The texts focus on white men, ignore women and sometimes insult people from Africa, Asia and Latin America, worrisome given the students using them in Florida. Chris Hays, orlandosentinel.com, 9 Aug. 2021 To further insult the Lakers, if this second round is extended, Game 6 would be at Staples Center on June 18, three days after all local pandemic restrictions are lifted. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Adding insult was Lowry's slip-and-fall on the front nine. Eddie Pells, ajc, 25 Sep. 2021 Adding insult to injury, Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken is known to be a Francophile. Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 Adding insult to injury, another recent downpour again swamped fields on Phillips’ farm. Stephen Singer, courant.com, 13 Sep. 2021 Adding insult to injury, Greg Landry ran 76 yards on a quarterback sneak while the Lions were trying to run out the clock. Mike Hart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2021 Adding insult to injury, the first-team offense and QB Lamar Jackson didn't look great, the 2019 MVP getting sacked twice on his only series of preseason. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2021 Adding insult to injury were the power outages that as of Monday (Aug. 16) had still not been fully addressed. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 17 Aug. 2021 Adding insult to injury, some weeds such as thistle and wild blackberry have prickles. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 July 2021 And, adding insult to insolvency, those without adequate borrowing power to cover work expenses can find themselves in humiliating situations, or missing out on career opportunities. Washington Post, 15 July 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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15 Oct 2021

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“Insult.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insult. Accessed 20 Oct. 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

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insult verb

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