American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To treat with gross insensitivity, insolence, or contemptuous rudeness. See Synonyms at offend.
- v. To affront or demean: an absurd speech that insulted the intelligence of the audience.
- v. Obsolete To make an attack on.
- v. Archaic To behave arrogantly.
- v. Archaic To give offense; offend: a speech that was intended to insult.
- n. An offensive action or remark.
- n. Medicine A bodily injury, irritation, or trauma.
- n. Something that causes bodily injury, irritation, or trauma: "the middle of the Bronx, buffeted and poisoned by the worst environmental insults that urban America can dish out” ( William K. Stevens).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To leap upon; specifically, to make a sudden, open, and bold attack upon; attack in a summary manner, and without recourse to the usual forms of war.
- To offer an indignity to; treat contemptuously, ignominiously, or insolently, either by speech or by action; manifest scorn or contempt for.
- To leap or jump.
- To behave with insolent triumph; exult contemptuously: with on, upon, or over.
- n. The act of leaping on anything.
- n. An assault; a summary assault; an attack.
- n. An affront, or a hurt inflicted upon one's self-respect or sensibility; an action or utterance designed to wound one's feelings or ignominiously assail one's self-respect; a manifestation of insolence or contempt intended to provoke resentment; an indignity.
- n. Contemptuous treatment; outrage.
- In pathology, to injure; inflict traumatism upon.
- n. In pathology, external violence which causes a lesion.
- n. An action or form of speech deliberately intended to be rude.
- n. Anything that causes offence/offense by being of an unacceptable quality.
- n. medicine Something causing disease or injury to the body or bodily processes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete The act of leaping on; onset; attack.
- n. 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.
- n. (Med., Biology) An injury to an organism; trauma.
- v. obsolete To leap or trample upon; to make a sudden onset upon.
- v. To treat with abuse, insolence, indignity, or contempt, by word or action; to abuse.
- v. To leap or jump.
- v. Archaic To behave with insolence; to exult.
- v. treat, mention, or speak to rudely
- n. a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
- n. a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
- Latin insultāre ("to jump at, insult"), ultimately from salīre ("to jump"). (Wiktionary)
- French insulter, from Old French, to assault, from Latin īnsultāre, to leap at, insult, frequentative of īnsilīre, to leap upon : in-, on; see in-2 + salīre, to leap; see sel- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“These are different words, but the insult is the same, and all the more stinging because they may pursue and attack one another in this fashion without restraint, without mercy.”
“As for the numerous servants (more numerous that evening than usual, for their number was augmented by cooks and butlers from the Cafe de Paris), venting on their employers their anger at what they termed the insult to which they had been subjected, they collected in groups in the hall, in the kitchens, or in their rooms, thinking very little of their duty, which was thus naturally interrupted.”
“Transport Workers Union Local 100, said workers apparently are being directed to use regular trains to move the garbage, which he called an "insult to all riders.”
“(diagnosis, prognosis, pathology) the term insult is borrowed from medicine, where it is defined as a generic term for any stressful stimulus, which under normal circumstances does not affect the host organism, but may result in morbidity when it occurs in a background of pre-existing compromising conditions (Segen, 1992).”
“An insult is only valid if the person issuing the insult has some credibility.”
“Not the dreaded Pamprin insult of 1975!! the gloves are off now, huh?”
“My favorite part of this episode was at the end where, after the final insult from the Venezuelans, Leslie looks over at Tom and he gives her a little nod to let her know that he also thinks they have gone much to far … knowing that she will tear up the check and that he is giving her permission.”
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