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Definitions of insult

  1. To behave with insolent triumph. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. The act of leaping on; onset; attack. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Gross abuse offered to another, either by word or act; an act or speech of insolence or contempt; an affront; an indignity. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To leap or trample upon; to make a sudden onset upon. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To treat with gross contempt, or abuse, by word or act. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To leap or jump. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To behave with insolence; to exult. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To treat with abuse or insolence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. To treat with indignity or insolence either by words or actions. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. An affront or indignity; gross abuse in word or action. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Abuse: affront: contumely. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. An indignity; affront. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. Abuse, either by word or action; insolent treatment. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. Any abuse offered to another in words or actions; an indignity. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for insult

  1. I had offered him a mortal insult and stirred up a worse hornet's nest than Rasta's push. – Greenmantle by John Buchan
  2. Say the man merely did not believe your friend was alive, and there could be no insult to either. – Paul Faber, Surgeon by George MacDonald
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