[in-suh-luh ns]


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 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