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Definition of "insolence" []

  • The quality or condition of being insolent. (noun)
  • An instance of insolent behavior, treatment, or speech. (noun)
  • A silent act designed to frustrate a complainer, criticizer, superior etc perhaps involving a refusal to answer them, looking sideways or at other people as they chastise you or ignoring them by continuing what you are doing. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The offence of refusing to answer questions by a superior officer about a breach of discipline (noun)

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Use "insolence" in a sentence
  • "Whether or not you're going to 'suffer' what you call my insolence, I don't know, and I don't much care."
  • "The populace resented what they called the insolence and the treachery of France and the French ambassador was pelted at Canterbury as he drove to the seacoast on his recall."
  • "Tostig is furious at what he terms the insolence of the Northumbrians, and"