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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive)


Noun insult has 2 senses

Verb insult has 1 sense


insultn. [L. insultus, fr. insilire to leap upon: cf. F. insulte. See Insult, v. t.].
  •  The act of leaping on; onset; attack.  Dryden.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Gross abuse offered to another, either by word or act; an act or speech of insolence or contempt; a deprecatory remark; an affront; an indignity.  [1913 Webster]
    "The ruthless sneer that insult adds to grief."
  •  An injury to an organism; trauma; as, to produce an experimental insult to investigate healing processes.  [PJC]
Syn. -- Affront; indignity; abuse; outrage; contumely. See Affront.
insultv. t. [F. insulter, L. insultare, freq. fr. insilire to leap into or upon; pref. in- in, on + salire to leap. See Salient.].
  •  To leap or trample upon; to make a sudden onset upon.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
insultv. i. 
  •  To leap or jump.  [1913 Webster]
    "Give me thy knife, I will insult on him."  [1913 Webster]
    "Like the frogs in the apologue, insulting upon their wooden king."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To behave with insolence; to exult.  [1913 Webster]
    "The lion being dead, even hares insult."  [1913 Webster]
    "An unwillingness to insult over their helpless fatuity."  [1913 Webster]


insult, v. & n.
1 speak to or treat with scornful abuse or indignity.
2 offend the self-respect or modesty of.
1 an insulting remark or action.
2 colloq. something so worthless or contemptible as to be offensive.
3 Med. a an agent causing damage to the body. b such damage.

insulter n. insultingly adv.
F insulte or L insultare (as IN-(2), saltare frequent. of salire salt- leap)



abase, abuse, affront, airs, arrogance, asperse, aspersion, atrocity, barb, be above, be contemptuous of, brickbat, call names, care nothing for, clannishness, cliquishness, contemn, contempt, contemptuousness, contumely, cut, debase, defamation, defame, degrade, deride, despise, despite, dig, discourtesy, disdain, disdainfulness, disgrace, dishonor, disoblige, disparage, disparagement, disprize, dump, dump on, enormity, exclusiveness, feel contempt for, feel superior to, fleer, fleer at, flout, flouting, gibe, gibe at, gird, give offense to, hauteur, hold beneath one, hold cheap, hold in contempt, humble, humiliate, humiliation, hurl a brickbat, ignominy, indignity, injure, injury, insolence, invective, jeer, jeer at, jeering, jibe at, libel, look down upon, misprize, mock, mockery, obloquy, offend, offense, opprobrium, outrage, put down, put-down, rank low, ridicule, rump, scoff, scoff at, scorn, scornfulness, scurrility, set at naught, shame, slander, slap, slight, slur, sneer, sneer at, sneeze at, sniff at, sniffiness, snobbishness, snootiness, snort at, snottiness, sovereign contempt, superciliousness, taunt, think nothing of, toploftiness, treat with indignity, uncomplimentary remark, vituperation




VB be rude, insult, treat with discourtesy, take a name in vain, make bold with, make free with, take a liberty, stare out of countenance, ogle, point at, put to the blush, cut, turn one's back upon, turn on one's heel, give the cold shoulder, keep at a distance, keep at arm's length, look cool upon, look coldly upon, look black upon, show the door to, send away with a flea in the ear, lose one's temper, sulk, frown, scowl, glower, pout, snap, snarl, growl, render rude, brutalize, brutify.


VB resent, take amiss, take ill, take to heart, take offense, take umbrage, take huff, take exception, take in ill part, take in bad part, take in dudgeon, ne pas entendre raillerie, breathe revenge, cut up rough, fly into a rage, fall into a rage, get into a rage, fly into a passion, bridle up, bristle up, froth up, fire up, flare up, open the vials of one's wrath, pour out the vials of one's wrath, pout, knit the brow, frown, scowl, lower, snarl, growl, gnarl, gnash, snap, redden, color, look black, look black as thunder, look daggers, bite one's thumb, show one's teeth, grind one's teeth, champ the bit, champ at the bit, chafe, mantle, fume, kindle, fly out, take fire, boil, boil over, boil with indignation, boil with rage, rage, storm, foam, vent one's rage, vent one's spleen, lose one's temper, stand on one's hind legs, stamp the foot, stamp with rage, quiver with rage, swell with rage, foam with rage, burst with anger, raise Cain, have a fling at, bear malice, cause anger, raise anger, affront, offend, give offense, give umbrage, anger, hurt the feelings, insult, discompose, fret, ruffle, nettle, huff, pique, excite, irritate, stir the blood, stir up bile, sting, sting to the quick, rile, provoke, chafe, wound, incense, inflame, enrage, aggravate, add fuel to the flame, fan into a flame, widen the breach, envenom, embitter, exasperate, infuriate, kindle wrath, stick in one's gizzard, rankle, hit on the raw, rub on the raw, sting on the raw, strike on the raw, put out of countenance, put out of humor, put one's monkey up, put one's back up, raise one's gorge, raise one's dander, raise one's choler, work up into a passion, make one's blood boil, make the ears tingle, throw, into a ferment, madden, drive one mad, lash into fury, lash into madness, fool to the top of one's bent, set by the ears, bring a hornet's nest about one's ears.


N disrespect, disesteem, disestimation, disparagement irreverence, slight, neglect, spretae injuria formae, superciliousness, vilipendency, vilification, contumely, affront, dishonor, insult, indignity, outrage, discourtesy, practical joking, scurrility, scoffing, sibilance, hissing, sibilation, irrision, derision, mockery, irony, sarcasm, hiss, hoot, boo, gibe, flout, jeer, scoff, gleek, taunt, sneer, quip, fling, wipe, slap in the face, disrespectful, aweless, irreverent, disparaging, insulting, supercilious, contemptuous, patronizing, rude, derisive, sarcastic, scurrile, scurrilous, contumelious, unrespected, unworshiped, unenvied, unsaluted, unregarded, disregarded, disrespectfully.

VB hold in disrespect, misprize, disregard, slight, trifle with, set at naught, pass by, push aside, overlook, turn one's back upon, laugh in one's sleeve, be disrespectful, be discourteous, treat with disrespect, set down, put down, browbeat, dishonor, desecrate, insult, affront, outrage, speak slightingly of, disparage, vilipend, vilify, call names, throw dirt, fling dirt, drag through the mud, point at, indulge in personalities, make mouths, make faces, bite the thumb, take by the beard, pluck by the beard, toss in a blanket, tar and feather, have in derision, hold in derision, deride, scoff, barrack, sneer, laugh at, snigger, ridicule, gibe, mock, jeer, hiss, hoot, taunt, twit, niggle, gleek, gird, flout, fleer, roast, turn into ridicule, burlesque, laugh to scorn, smoke, fool, make game of, make a fool of, make an April fool of, play a practical joke, lead one a dance, run the rig upon, have a fling at, scout, mob.

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