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insulting

[ in-suhl-ting ]
/ ɪnˈsʌl tɪŋ /
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adjective

giving or causing insult; characterized by affronting rudeness, insolence, etc.

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RELATED WORDS

derogatory, rude, disrespectful, hurtful, offensive, disparaging, degrading, repulsive, biting, slighting, ridiculing, discourteous, insolent, uncivil

Nearby words

insull, insull, samuel, insuloma, insult, insultation, insulting, insuperable, insupportable, insuppressible, insurable, insurable interest

Origin of insulting

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

Definition for insulting (2 of 2)

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

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
SYNONYMS FOR insult
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for insulting

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for insulting

insult

[ ĭnsŭlt′ ]

n.

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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