Definition of insult
Latin insultare ("to jump at"), from salire ("to jump")
- (verb) enPR: ĭnsŭlt', IPA: /ɪnˈsʌlt/, SAMPA: /In"sVlt/
- (noun) enPR: ĭn'sŭlt, IPA: /ˈɪn.sʌlt/, SAMPA: "In.sVlt/
- Audio (US) [?]
- Rhymes: -ʌlt
to insult (third-person singular simple present insults, present participle insulting, simple past and past participle insulted)
- (transitive) To offend someone by being rude, insensitive or insolent
- (transitive) To demean or affront
- (to offend): abuse, affront, offend, slight
insult (plural insults)
- An action or form of speech deliberately intended to be rude.
- Anything that causes offence/offense by being of an unacceptable quality.
The way the orchestra performed tonight was an insult to my ears.
- (deliberatedly intended to be rude): abuse (uncountable), affront, offence (UK)/offense (US), slam, slight, slur
- (thing causing offence by being of unacceptable quality): disgrace, outrage
- Alphagram: ilnstu
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