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insolent

[ in-suh-luhnt ]
/ ˈɪn sə lənt /
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adjective

boldly rude or disrespectful; contemptuously impertinent; insulting: an insolent reply.

noun

an insolent person.

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Origin of insolent

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English from Latin insolent- (stem of insolēns ) “departing from custom,” equivalent to in- in-3 + sol- (stem of solēre “to be accustomed”) + -ent- -ent

synonym study for insolent

1. See impertinent.

OTHER WORDS FROM insolent

in·so·lent·ly, adverbo·ver·in·so·lent, adjectiveo·ver·in·so·lent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for insolent

insolent
/ (ˈɪnsələnt) /

adjective

offensive, impudent, or disrespectful

Derived forms of insolent

insolence, nouninsolently, adverb

Word Origin for insolent

C14: from Latin insolens, from in- 1 + solēre to be accustomed
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