insult[in sult′; for n. in′sult′]
- The definition of an insult is a rude or offending remark.
An example of insult is calling someone stupid.
- Insult is defined as to speak with rudeness or to say something to offend.
An example of insult is to call someone fat.
A group of people appear to be insulting this girl.
- to treat or speak to with scorn, insolence, or great disrespect; subject to treatment, a remark, etc. that hurts or is meant to hurt the feelings or pride
- Obsolete to attack; assail
Origin of insultMiddle French insulter ; from Classical Latin insultare, to leap upon, scoff at, insult ; from in-, in, on + saltare, frequentative of salire, to leap: see salient
- an insulting act, remark, etc.; affront; indignity
- Archaic an attack; assault
- damage or injury to tissues or organs of the body
- anything that causes this
verbin·sult·ed, in·sult·ing, in·sults
- a. To treat with gross insensitivity, insolence, or contemptuous rudeness. See Synonyms at offend.b. To affront or demean: an absurd speech that insulted the intelligence of the audience.
- Obsolete To make an attack on.
verb, intransitive Archaic
- An insulting remark or act.
- a. Medicine A bodily injury, irritation, or trauma.b. Something that causes injury, irritation, or trauma: “the middle of the Bronx, buffeted and poisoned by the worst environmental insults that urban America can dish out” (William K. Stevens).
Origin of insultFrench insulter, from Old French, to assault, from Latin īnsultāre, to leap at, insult, frequentative of īnsilīre, to leap upon : in-, on; see in–2 + salīre, to leap; see sel- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present insults, present participle insulting, simple past and past participle insulted)