Definition of "insult" []

  • To treat with gross insensitivity, insolence, or contemptuous rudeness. See Synonyms at offend. (verb-transitive)
  • To affront or demean: an absurd speech that insulted the intelligence of the audience. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To make an attack on. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To behave arrogantly. (verb-intransitive)
  • Archaic To give offense; offend: a speech that was intended to insult. (verb-intransitive)
  • To treat, mention, or speak to rudely; offend; affront (verb)

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.

  • To assault; attack (verb)
  • An offensive or contemptuous remark or action; affront; slight (noun)
  • A person or thing producing the effect of an affront (noun)
  • An injury or trauma (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "insult" in a sentence
  • "No, the insult is a bit more subtle and a bit more direct."
  • "Two people compliment Palin, one person insults her, and the insult is the headline."
  • "If you make a good point and then follow it with an insult, the insult is all that is heard."