from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Audaciously rude or disrespectful; impertinent or impudent.
- adjective Archaic Presumptuous and insulting in manner or speech; arrogant.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Unwonted; unusual; uncommon.
- Showing haughty disregard of others; overbearing; contemptuously impertinent.
- Proceeding from insolence; insulting; supercilious: as, insolent words or behavior.
- Producing the effect of insolence; excessive; unbearable.
- Unfrequented; lonely.
- Synonyms and Insolent, Insulting; abusive, impudent, contemptuous. Insolent is now chiefly used of language that is intentionally and grossly rude, defiant, or rebellious. Where it applies to conduct, the conduct includes language as the most offensive thing. Insulting is freely applicable to either words or deeds that are intended to lower a person's self-respect: as, an insulting gesture. Insolent generally implies pride, but insulting does not. A man may be insolent or insulting to his superior, his inferior, or his equal. See
arroganceand affront, n.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective obsolete Deviating from that which is customary; novel; strange; unusual.
- adjective Haughty and contemptuous or brutal in behavior or language; overbearing; domineering; grossly rude or disrespectful; saucy
- adjective Proceeding from or characterized by insolence; insulting.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
Insultingin manneror words.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective marked by casual disrespect
- adjective unrestrained by convention or propriety
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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She called her insolent, and assurance; and said, Begone, bold woman as thou art! — but come hither.
"I wonder if you know how insolent is your tone, Belmanoir?" asked Fortescue steadily.
There was a certain insolent quality in her beauty, as if it flaunted itself somewhat too defiantly in the beholder's eye.
Further Chronicles of Avonlea Lucy Maud 1920
He had a manner of adoring the handsome, insolent queen of his affections (I will explain in a moment why I call her insolent); indeed, he looked up to her literally as well as sentimentally; for she was the least bit the taller of the two.
Georgina's Reasons Henry James 1879
After this they conversed in a whisper too low for me to hear, but I could distinguish the word insolent as if meant to me; and finding I could have no chance of influencing his mind at this time, I retired to my chamber, waiting for the summons of the breakfast-bell, and have written thus far.
The Old Woman 1800
-- She called her insolent, and assurance; and said, Begone, bold woman as thou art!
Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded Samuel Richardson 1725
Some think this psalm was penned upon occasion of some great distress and trouble that the church of God was in, when the enemies were in insolent and threatening, in which case the church does not so much pour out her complaint to God as place her confidence in God, and triumph in doing so; and with such a holy triumph we ought to sing this psalm.
They seized on these emperors of the senate, for such they called them with malicious contempt, stripped them of their garments, and dragged them in insolent triumph through the streets of Rome, with the design of inflicting a slow and cruel death on these unfortunate princes.
No more, ever, of that strange suspicion -- 'insolent' -- oh, what a word!
He was not exactly free and easy, but somehow naturally insolent, which is anyway less offensive than an insolence practised before the looking-glass.
A Raw Youth 2003