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Meaning of INSOLENT

Pronunciation:  'insulunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  unrestrained by convention or propriety; "an audacious trick to pull"; "a barefaced hypocrite"; "the most bodacious display of tourism this side of Anaheim"- Los Angeles Times; "bold-faced lies"; "brazen arrogance"; "the modern world with its quick material successes and insolent belief in the boundless possibilities of progress"- Bertrand Russell
  2. [adj]  marked by casual disrespect; "a flip answer to serious question"; "the student was kept in for impudent behavior"

INSOLENT is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: audacious, barefaced, bodacious, bold-faced, brassy, brazen, brazen-faced, disrespectful, flip, impudent, snotty-nosed, unashamed



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In"so*lent\, a. [F. insolent, L. insolens, -entis,
pref. in- not + solens accustomed, p. pr. of solere to be
1. Deviating from that which is customary; novel; strange;
   unusual. [Obs.]

         If one chance to derive any word from the Latin
         which is insolent to their ears . . . they forth
         with make a jest at it.               --Pettie.

         If any should accuse me of being new or insolent.

2. Haughty and contemptuous or brutal in behavior or
   language; overbearing; domineering; grossly rude or
   disrespectful; saucy; as, an insolent master; an insolent
   servant. ``A paltry, insolent fellow.'' --Shak.

         Insolent is he that despiseth in his judgment all
         other folks as in regard of his value, of his
         cunning, of his speaking, and of his bearing.

         Can you not see? or will ye not observe . . . How
         insolent of late he is become, How proud, how
         peremptory?                           --Shak.

3. Proceeding from or characterized by insolence; insulting;
   as, insolent words or behavior.

         Their insolent triumph excited . . . indignation.

Syn: Overbearing; insulting; abusive; offensive; saucy;
     impudent; audacious; pert; impertinent; rude;
     reproachful; opprobrious.

Usage: {Insolent}, {Insulting}. Insolent, in its primitive
       sense, simply denoted unusual; and to act insolently
       was to act in violation of the established rules of
       social intercourse. He who did this was insolent; and
       thus the word became one of the most offensive in our
       language, indicating gross disregard for the feelings
       of others. Insulting denotes a personal attack, either
       in words or actions, indicative either of scorn or
       triumph. Compare {Impertinent}, {Affront},

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