Definitions for: Insult


[n] a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of an affront; "turning his back on me was a deliberate insult"
[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"
[v] treat, mention, or speak to rudely; "He insulted her with his rude remarks"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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
indignity.

The ruthless sneer that insult adds to grief.
--Savage.

Syn: Affront; indignity; abuse; outrage; contumely. See
Affront.


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.


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.

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

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