insult

[verb in-suhlt; noun in-suhlt]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

noun


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
Related formsin·sult·a·ble, adjectivein·sult·er, nounpre·in·sult, verb (used with object)qua·si-in·sult·ed, adjectiveun·in·sult·a·ble, adjectiveun·in·sult·ed, adjective

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.

Antonyms for insult

1, 5. compliment.
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Examples from the Web for insulted

Contemporary Examples of insulted

Historical Examples of insulted

  • Somebody might have gone out and insulted Andy to his face for the first time.

  • And now he considered that mighty self of his insulted as well as wronged.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • 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)

    Samuel Richardson


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

insult

n.

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.

insult

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

insulted in Medicine

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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