[in-suh-luh ns]


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for insolence

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper