insult

[ verb in-suhlt; noun in-suhlt ]
/ verb ɪnˈsʌlt; noun ˈɪn sʌlt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Archaic. to behave with insolent triumph; exult contemptuously (usually followed by on, upon, or over).

noun


Nearby words

  1. insulinoma,
  2. insulitis,
  3. insull,
  4. insull, samuel,
  5. insuloma,
  6. insultation,
  7. insulting,
  8. insuperable,
  9. insupportable,
  10. insuppressible

Origin of insult

1560–70; < Latin insultāre to jump on, insult, equivalent to in- in-2 + -sultāre, combining form of saltāre to jump; see saltant

SYNONYMS FOR insult
1. offend, scorn, injure, abuse. 5. offense, outrage. Insult, indignity, affront, slight imply an act that injures another's honor, self-respect, etc. Insult implies such insolence of speech or manner as deeply humiliates or wounds one's feelings and arouses to anger. Indignity is especially used of inconsiderate, contemptuous treatment toward one entitled to respect. Affront implies open disrespect or offense shown, as it were, to the face. Slight may imply inadvertent indifference or disregard, which may also indicate ill-concealed contempt.

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British Dictionary definitions for insulted

insult

verb (ɪnˈsʌlt) (tr)

to treat, mention, or speak to rudely; offend; affront
obsolete to assault; attack

noun (ˈɪnsʌlt)

an offensive or contemptuous remark or action; affront; slight
a person or thing producing the effect of an affrontsome television is an insult to intelligence
med an injury or trauma
add insult to injury to make an unfair or unacceptable situation even worse
Derived Formsinsulter, noun

Word Origin for insult

C16: from Latin insultāre to jump upon, from in- ² + saltāre to jump

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Word Origin and History for insulted
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Medicine definitions for insulted

insult

[ ĭnsŭlt′ ]

n.

A bodily injury, irritation, or trauma.

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Idioms and Phrases with insulted

insult

see add insult to injury.

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