insult

insult
in|sult1 [ `ın,sʌlt ] noun count *
an offensive remark:
throw/hurl insults at someone: He stormed off the field, hurling insults at the umpire.
a. something that seems to show a lack of respect for someone or something:
be an insult to: Such low wages are an insult to hard-working employees.
This exam is an insult to students' intelligence.
add insult to injury
to do something that makes a bad situation even worse
insult
in|sult 2 [ ın`sʌlt ] verb transitive *
to say or do something offensive:
She has no right to insult us like that.
You'll insult the chef if you don't at least taste the meal.
a. insult someone's intelligence to treat someone as if they are stupid:
Don't insult my intelligence by making ridiculous excuses.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • INSULT — INSULT, disparagement or defamation of the character or injury to the feelings of another (Heb. boshet, ona at devarim, halbanat panim, hoẓa at shem ra). The rabbis of the Talmud distinguished between two main types of insult: that which causes… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Insult — In*sult , v. i. 1. To leap or jump. [1913 Webster] Give me thy knife, I will insult on him. Shak. [1913 Webster] Like the frogs in the apologue, insulting upon their wooden king. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. To behave with insolence; to exult.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Insult — In sult, n. [L. insultus, fr. insilire to leap upon: cf. F. insulte. See {Insult}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of leaping on; onset; attack. [Obs.] Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Gross abuse offered to another, either by word or act; an act or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Insult — In*sult , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Insulted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Insulting}.] [F. insulter, L. insultare, freq. fr. insilire to leap into or upon; pref. in in, on + salire to leap. See {Salient}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To leap or trample upon; to make a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • insult — vb affront, outrage, *offend Analogous words: humiliate, humble, debase, degrade, *abase: flout, *scoff, jeer, gird, gibe, fleer, sneer: mock, taunt, deride, *ridicule Antonyms: honor Contrasted words: gratify, *pl …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • insult — [n] hateful communication abuse, affront, aspersion, black eye*, blasphemy, cheap shot*, contempt, contumely, derision, despite, discourtesy, disdainfulness, disgrace, disrespect, ignominy, impertinence, impudence, incivility, indignity,… …   New thesaurus

  • insult — ► VERB ▪ speak to or treat with disrespect or abuse. ► NOUN 1) an insulting remark or action. 2) a thing so worthless or contemptible as to be offensive: the pay offer is an absolute insult. ORIGIN Latin insultare jump or trample on …   English terms dictionary

  • insult — [in sult′; ] for n. [ in′sult΄] vt. [MFr insulter < L insultare, to leap upon, scoff at, insult < in , in, on + saltare, freq. of salire, to leap: see SALIENT] 1. to treat or speak to with scorn, insolence, or great disrespect; subject to… …   English World dictionary

  • Insult — (Insultation, v. lat.), 1) muthwilliger Angriff; 2) Beschimpfung; 3) Beleidigung; daher Insultiren, übermüthig begegnen, verhöhnen, beschimpfen, beleidigen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Insult — (Insultation), beleidigender Anfall, Beschimpfung, Beleidigung; insultieren, gröblich beleidigen, beschimpfen, verhöhnen …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Insúlt — Insúlt, Insultation (lat.), beleidigender Angriff, Beschimpfung; in der Medizin s.v.w. Anfall, Paroxismus, auch äußere Verletzung; insultieren, gröblich beleidigen, beschimpfen, verhöhnen …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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