insolence

[in-suh-luh ns]

noun

contemptuously rude or impertinent behavior or speech.
the quality or condition of being insolent.

Nearby words

  1. insofar as,
  2. insol.,
  3. insolate,
  4. insolation,
  5. insole,
  6. insolent,
  7. insolently,
  8. insolubility,
  9. insolubilize,
  10. insoluble

Origin of insolence

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word insolentia. See insolent, -ence

Related formso·ver·in·so·lence, noun

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Word Origin and History for insolence

insolence

n.

late 14c., from Latin insolentia "unusualness, haughtiness, arrogance," from insolentem (see insolent).

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