insulting

[in-suhl-ting]
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Origin of insulting

First recorded in 1585–95; insult + -ing2
Related formsin·sult·ing·ly, adverbun·in·sult·ing, adjective

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insult

[verb in-suhlt; noun in-suhlt]
verb (used with object)
  1. to treat or speak to insolently or with contemptuous rudeness; affront.
  2. to affect as an affront; offend or demean.
  3. Archaic. to attack; assault.
verb (used without object)
  1. Archaic. to behave with insolent triumph; exult contemptuously (usually followed by on, upon, or over).
noun
  1. an insolent or contemptuously rude action or remark; affront.
  2. something having the effect of an affront: That book is an insult to one's intelligence.
  3. Medicine/Medical.
    1. an injury or trauma.
    2. an agent that inflicts this.
  4. Archaic. an attack or assault.

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

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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 insulting

Contemporary Examples of insulting

Historical Examples of insulting

  • But it is offensive to man, insulting to the atmosphere, and destructive of him who uses it.

  • Perfect silence on his deck; a loud and insulting shout from the enemy!

  • He was smiling in an embarrassed way, as though he had made some insulting proposal.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • Everybody is abusing him now, and railing at him and insulting him.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • You inveigled me into this for the sole purpose of insulting me.

    Nobody

    Louis Joseph Vance


British Dictionary definitions for insulting

insult

verb (ɪnˈsʌlt) (tr)
  1. to treat, mention, or speak to rudely; offend; affront
  2. obsolete to assault; attack
noun (ˈɪnsʌlt)
  1. an offensive or contemptuous remark or action; affront; slight
  2. a person or thing producing the effect of an affrontsome television is an insult to intelligence
  3. med an injury or trauma
  4. 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 insulting

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

insulting in Medicine

insult

[ĭnsŭlt′]
n.
  1. A bodily injury, irritation, or trauma.
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Idioms and Phrases with insulting

insult

see add insult to injury.

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