Origin of insolent
Examples from the Web for insolent
Their very posture—the way they loitered and leaned and lolled about—was insolent.
Hollande's idea was regarded as insolent when he first pitched it.French President François Hollande Goes to Washington|Tracy McNicoll|May 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Imperious despot, insolent in strife, Lover of ruin, enemy of life!
It was an urgency that some saw as bold and others viewed as insolent.
This means that the lazy, insolent functionnaire mentality prevails rather than a hard-working energetic one.
The insolent familiarity of the language was too much for her self-control.The Woman in White|Wilkie Collins
When the sun told how insolent he was, Alexander turned on him and drove him out of the house.Rumanian Bird and Beast Stories|Anonymous
Leigh made an angry gesture, which was easy enough to interpret—“How am I to get rid of this insolent cad?”Cursed by a Fortune|George Manville Fenn
She's a nasty, insolent, impertinent creature;—that's what she is!The Eustace Diamonds|Anthony Trollope
He was disgusted at the insolent aggressiveness of the Ultramontanes, but he had no wish to combat it.Outspoken Essays|William Ralph Inge
Word Origin for insolent
late 14c., "contemptuous, arrogant, haughty," from Latin insolentem (nominative insolens) "arrogant, immoderate," literally "unusual," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + solentem, present participle of solere "be accustomed," which possibly is related to sodalis "close companion," and to suescere "become used to." Meaning "contemptuous of rightful authority" is from 1670s. Related: Insolently.