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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)

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.

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."