Insult meaning

ĭn-sŭlt
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.
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To behave arrogantly.
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An insulting remark or act.
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(obsolete) To make an attack on.
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(archaic) To behave arrogantly.
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An insulting act, remark, etc.; affront; indignity.
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(archaic) An attack; assault.
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(obs.) To attack; assail.
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A bodily injury, irritation, or trauma.
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Insult is defined as to speak with rudeness or to say something to offend.

An example of insult is to call someone fat.

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The definition of an insult is a rude or offending remark.

An example of insult is calling someone stupid.

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To offend (someone) by being rude, insensitive or insolent; to demean or affront (someone). [from 17th c.]
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An action or form of speech deliberately intended to be rude.
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Anything that causes offence/offense, e.g. by being of an unacceptable quality.

The way the orchestra performed tonight was an insult to my ears.

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(medicine) Something causing disease or injury to the body or bodily processes.
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Something that causes injury, irritation, or trauma.
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Origin of insult

  • French insulter from Old French to assault from Latin īnsultāre to leap at, insult frequentative of īnsilīre to leap upon in- on in–2 salīre to leap sel- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French insult (noun) and insulter (verb), from Latin insultāre (“to jump at, insult”), ultimately from salīre (“to jump”).

    From Wiktionary