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insolent

[in-suh-luh nt] /ˈɪn sə lənt/
adjective
1.
boldly rude or disrespectful; contemptuously impertinent; insulting:
an insolent reply.
noun
2.
an insolent person.
Origin of insolent
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin insolent- (stem of insolēns) departing from custom, equivalent to in- in-3 + sol- (stem of solēre to be accustomed) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
insolently, adverb
overinsolent, adjective
overinsolently, adverb
Synonyms
1. brazen; contemptuous. See impertinent.
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Examples from the Web for insolently
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  • "Because you'd probably have to go to the poorhouse," said Halbert, insolently.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Aggie exclaimed, insolently, and made a face at the officer.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The contrivance, if a contrivance, to get me away, so insolently mean!

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • "No more than you are, my pippin," answered the traveller, insolently.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • "Men do not whistle even for a dog, when he 's at his meals," said the old man, insolently.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • "He would n't take any airs with me," said Grog, insolently.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • How insolently did they behave to O'Connell in the House till he put his heel on them?

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • "That much you may leave to themselves," said the boy, insolently.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • "No—you mean where it will lead us," said the fellow, insolently.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • “That is none of your business, Mrs. Mallaby,” he said insolently.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
British Dictionary definitions for insolently

insolent

/ˈɪnsələnt/
adjective
1.
offensive, impudent, or disrespectful
Derived Forms
insolence, noun
insolently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin insolens, from in-1 + solēre to be accustomed
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Word Origin and History for insolently

insolent

adj.

late 14c., "contemptuous, arrogant, haughty," from Latin insolentem (nominative insolens) "arrogant, immoderate," literally "unusual," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + solentem, present participle of solere "be accustomed," which possibly is related to sodalis "close companion," and to suescere "become used to." Meaning "contemptuous of rightful authority" is from 1670s. Related: Insolently.

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