verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- an injury or trauma.
- an agent that inflicts this.
Origin of insult
Synonyms for insult
Antonyms for insult
Examples from the Web for insult
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 19, 2014
The cardinals had such a bad reputation that the very term “cardinal” became an insult in Renaissance Rome.Great Renaissance Art Thrived Amid Filth
December 3, 2014
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
October 30, 2014
Donald Trump has gone all the way to Iowa to insult New York.Trump Travels to Iowa, Bashes New York
October 23, 2014
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
October 9, 2014
Historical Examples of insult
He would not have cared half so much for any insult to himself.
They shall find out that they cannot insult me with impunity.
It won't be any safer to insult me now than it was yesterday.
Patience will be the fittest return I can make to such an insult.
I met only with insult for this—Bella has not a feeling heart.
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.