- contemptuously rude or impertinent behavior or speech.
- the quality or condition of being insolent.
Origin of insolence
Related Words for insolencegall, contumely, contempt, presumption, insubordination, arrogance, lip, sauce, impudence, impertinence, incivility, brazenness, guff, abuse, rudeness, brass, chutzpah, effrontery, hardihood, sass
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Historical Examples of insolence
And then her insolence reached its culmination in a query of her own: "Was his name Griggs?"Within the Law
He excludes "the insolence of office," and "the cutpurse of the empire and the rule."
I asked if this was her own insolence, or her young mistress's observation?
And Mr. Lovelace's insolence will make me go very home with myself.
Not even her wrath at the girl's insolence could wholly overcome her wonder.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
late 14c., from Latin insolentia "unusualness, haughtiness, arrogance," from insolentem (see insolent).