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

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Origin of insult

First recorded in1560–70; from Latin insultāre “to jump on, insult,” equivalent to in- in-2 + -sultāre, combining form of saltāre “to jump”; see saltant

synonym study for insult

5. 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 insult

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 forms of insult

insulter, noun

Word Origin for insult

C16: from Latin insultāre to jump upon, from in- ² + saltāre to jump
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Medical definitions for insult

insult
[ ĭnsŭlt′ ]

n.

A bodily injury, irritation, or trauma.
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Idioms and Phrases with insult

insult

see add insult to injury.

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