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insult

[verb in-suhlt; noun in-suhlt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to treat or speak to insolently or with contemptuous rudeness; affront.
  2. to affect as an affront; offend or demean.
  3. Archaic. to attack; assault.
verb (used without object)
  1. Archaic. to behave with insolent triumph; exult contemptuously (usually followed by on, upon, or over).
noun
  1. an insolent or contemptuously rude action or remark; affront.
  2. something having the effect of an affront: That book is an insult to one's intelligence.
  3. Medicine/Medical.
    1. an injury or trauma.
    2. an agent that inflicts this.
  4. Archaic. an attack or assault.

Origin of insult

1560–70; < Latin insultāre to jump on, insult, equivalent to in- in-2 + -sultāre, combining form of saltāre to jump; see saltant
Related formsin·sult·a·ble, adjectivein·sult·er, nounpre·in·sult, verb (used with object)qua·si-in·sult·ed, adjectiveun·in·sult·a·ble, adjectiveun·in·sult·ed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. offend, scorn, injure, abuse. 5. offense, outrage. Insult, indignity, affront, slight imply an act that injures another's honor, self-respect, etc. Insult implies such insolence of speech or manner as deeply humiliates or wounds one's feelings and arouses to anger. Indignity is especially used of inconsiderate, contemptuous treatment toward one entitled to respect. Affront implies open disrespect or offense shown, as it were, to the face. Slight may imply inadvertent indifference or disregard, which may also indicate ill-concealed contempt.

Antonyms

1, 5. compliment.
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Examples from the Web for insulter

Historical Examples

  • He seemed to settle back on his heels and from there almost to fly at his insulter.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • But affliction had tempered him, and his insulter's hairs were gray.

  • I could not brook it; the insult, the insulter, were too revolting.

    The Disowned, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • In an instant, Sir Richard was upon the lawn without, face to face with his insulter.

  • An Arab, very indignant, struck down the insulter with a blow from a club.


British Dictionary definitions for insulter

insult

verb (ɪnˈsʌlt) (tr)
  1. to treat, mention, or speak to rudely; offend; affront
  2. obsolete to assault; attack
noun (ˈɪnsʌlt)
  1. an offensive or contemptuous remark or action; affront; slight
  2. a person or thing producing the effect of an affrontsome television is an insult to intelligence
  3. med an injury or trauma
  4. add insult to injury to make an unfair or unacceptable situation even worse
Derived Formsinsulter, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin insultāre to jump upon, from in- ² + saltāre to jump
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Word Origin and History for insulter

insult

n.

c.1600 in the sense of "attack;" 1670s as "an act of insulting," from Middle French insult (14c.) or directly from Late Latin insultus, from insilire (see insult (v.)). To add insult to injury translates Latin injuriae contumeliam addere.

insult

v.

1560s, "triumph over in an arrogant way," from Middle French insulter (14c.) and directly from Latin insultare "to assail, to leap upon" (already used by Cicero in sense of "insult, scoff at, revile"), frequentative of insilire "leap at or upon," from in- "on, at" (see in- (2)) + salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). Sense of "to verbally abuse, affront, assail with disrespect" is from 1610s. Related: Insulted; insulting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

insulter in Medicine

insult

([object Object])
n.
  1. A bodily injury, irritation, or trauma.
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Idioms and Phrases with insulter

insulter

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