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Meaning of INSULT

Pronunciation:  [n]'insult, [v]in'sult

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of an affront; "turning his back on me was a deliberate insult"
  2. [n]  a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse"; "they yelled insults at the visiting team"
  3. [v]  treat, mention, or speak to rudely; "He insulted her with his rude remarks"

INSULT is a 6 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: abuse, affront, affront, contumely, revilement, vilification
 See Also: billingsgate, bruise, cut, discourtesy, discourtesy, disrespect, hurt, indignity, injure, invective, low blow, offence, offend, offense, offensive activity, outrage, scandalisation, scandalization, scurrility, spite, stinger, vitriol, vituperation, wound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In"sult\, n. [L. insultus, fr. insilire to leap upon:
    cf. F. insulte. See {Insult}, v. t.]
    1. The act of leaping on; onset; attack. [Obs.] --Dryden.
    2. Gross abuse offered to another, either by word or act; an
       act or speech of insolence or contempt; an affront; an
             The ruthless sneer that insult adds to grief.
    Syn: Affront; indignity; abuse; outrage; contumely. See
  2. \In*sult"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Insulted}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Insulting}.] [F. insulter, L. insultare, freq. fr.
    insilire to leap into or upon; pref. in- in, on + salire to
    leap. See {Salient}.]
    1. To leap or trample upon; to make a sudden onset upon.
       [Obs.] --Shak.
    2. To treat with abuse, insolence, indignity, or contempt, by
       word or action; to abuse; as, to call a man a coward or a
       liar, or to sneer at him, is to insult him.
  3. \In*sult"\, v. i.
    1. To leap or jump.
             Give me thy knife, I will insult on him. --Shak.
             Like the frogs in the apologue, insulting upon their
             wooden king.                          --Jer. Taylor.
    2. To behave with insolence; to exult. [Archaic]
             The lion being dead, even hares insult. --Daniel.
             An unwillingness to insult over their helpless
             fatuity.                              --Landor.
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