- giving or causing insult; characterized by affronting rudeness, insolence, etc.
Origin of insulting
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- 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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Examples from the Web for insulting
But Goff called it “insulting” to suggest that he might be running a super PAC for personal gain.‘Ready for Romney’ Is Amateur Hour
December 23, 2014
When Christians and Hindus are accused of insulting Islam in Pakistan, the punishment is harsh.Disco Mullah Blasphemy Row Highlights Pakistan’s Hypocrisy
December 21, 2014
It is not merely morally absurd to suggest that facts do not matter; as a person of color, it is insulting and degrading.Dear White People: Well-Meaning Paternalism Is Still Racist
December 9, 2014
Barbie is an unrealistic, unhealthy, insulting representation of female appearance.Sexism Begins in the Toy Aisle
November 29, 2014
The white editors who wrote both trash articles saw themselves as celebrating black folks, a notion so insulting it makes me spit.‘black-ish’ Keeps It Real about the Invisible Black Man
September 24, 2014
But it is offensive to man, insulting to the atmosphere, and destructive of him who uses it.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
Perfect silence on his deck; a loud and insulting shout from the enemy!Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
He was smiling in an embarrassed way, as though he had made some insulting proposal.L'Assommoir
Everybody is abusing him now, and railing at him and insulting him.The Christian
You inveigled me into this for the sole purpose of insulting me.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
- 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 and History for 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.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with insulting
see add insult to injury.