- to treat or speak to insolently or with contemptuous rudeness; affront.
- to affect as an affront; offend or demean.
- Archaic. to attack; assault.
- Archaic. to behave with insolent triumph; exult contemptuously (usually followed by on, upon, or over).
- an insolent or contemptuously rude action or remark; affront.
- something having the effect of an affront: That book is an insult to one's intelligence.
- an injury or trauma.
- an agent that inflicts this.
- Archaic. an attack or assault.
Origin of insult
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Antonyms for insult
Related Words for insulteddisgraced, humiliated, aggrieved, hurt, cursed, affronted, reviled, mocked, dishonored, ridiculed, slighted
Examples from the Web for insulted
Contemporary Examples of insulted
The two sides taunted and insulted each other but with police separating them no violence broke out.NYC’s Garner Protesters vs. Pro-Cop Protesters
December 20, 2014
The common denominator in the most violent protests against Western actions has been when Islam had been insulted.Why the Muslim World Isn’t Flipping Out Over the CIA Torture Report
December 12, 2014
He insulted a female poet of his acquaintance by remarking “that she and her family were Jews.”Borges Had A Genius For Literature But Not Love Or Much Else
October 24, 2014
Daryl, insulted, smashes it to bits and finds her moonshine instead.The Walking Dead’s Killer Diva Emily Kinney on Daryl and ‘Expired Love’
March 20, 2014
During sentencing recently it was revealed his killer was insulted Clyburn did not pick up the tab after their drinking session.The Perils of a Famous Family Member
February 14, 2014
Historical Examples of insulted
Somebody might have gone out and insulted Andy to his face for the first time.Way of the Lawless
And now he considered that mighty self of his insulted as well as wronged.Weighed and Wanting
Jim moved a little way along the locker, and you could see he was insulted.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I tell you they have insulted me; they have refused to move; they should be punished.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
However, we have told her to moderate her zeal for our insulted authority.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
- to treat, mention, or speak to rudely; offend; affront
- obsolete to assault; attack
- 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
Word Origin for insult
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.
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.
- A bodily injury, irritation, or trauma.
see add insult to injury.