verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- an injury or trauma.
- an agent that inflicts this.
- insull, samuel,
Origin of insult
Examples from the Web for insult
Insult to injury, its $43 million gross was less than one-fifth of what Ted took in.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The cardinals had such a bad reputation that the very term “cardinal” became an insult in Renaissance Rome.
At least part of the motivation for that change came from people coming out of the closet and putting a human face on the insult.Yes, ‘Aspergery’ Is a Slur and It's Time to Stop Using It|Emily Shire|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Donald Trump has gone all the way to Iowa to insult New York.
Why do you insult thousands of years of tradition in such an awful way?Putin’s Hockey Pal Tells All: Slava Fetisov on ‘Red Army,’ Soviet Nostalgia, and What Drives Putin|Marlow Stern|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thither i'th' evening, and which is the most infliction, Only to insult upon our miseries.Cler.The Little French Lawyer|Francis Beaumont
And the insult had come before my men and his friends and the people in the street.Captain Macklin|Richard Harding Davis
To pluck a weed from the roadside and present it to one's sovereign would be no better than an insult.The Expositor's Bible: The Second Book of Samuel|W. G. Blaikie
I will not say (whatever I may think) that this affair has been got up solely to degrade and insult me.Dombey and Son|Charles Dickens
Would you insult and injure a modest maiden, slave though she be?Darkness and Dawn|Frederic W. Farrar
verb (ɪnˈsʌlt) (tr)
Word Origin for insult
1560s, "triumph over in an arrogant way," from Middle French insulter (14c.) and directly from Latin insultare "to assail, to leap upon" (already used by Cicero in sense of "insult, scoff at, revile"), frequentative of insilire "leap at or upon," from in- "on, at" (see in- (2)) + salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). Sense of "to verbally abuse, affront, assail with disrespect" is from 1610s. Related: Insulted; insulting.
c.1600 in the sense of "attack;" 1670s as "an act of insulting," from Middle French insult (14c.) or directly from Late Latin insultus, from insilire (see insult (v.)). To add insult to injury translates Latin injuriae contumeliam addere.
see add insult to injury.