What does insult mean?

Definitions for insult
ɪnˈsʌlt; ˈɪn sʌltin·sult

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abuse, insult, revilement, contumely, vilificationnoun

    a rude expression intended to offend or hurt

    "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse"; "they yelled insults at the visiting team"

  2. insult, affrontverb

    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect

    "turning his back on me was a deliberate insult"

  3. diss, insult, affrontverb

    treat, mention, or speak to rudely

    "He insulted her with his rude remarks"; "the student who had betrayed his classmate was dissed by everyone"


  1. Insultnoun

    (Med., Biology) An injury to an organism; trauma; as, to produce an experimental insult to investigate healing processes.


  1. insultnoun

    An action or form of speech deliberately intended to be rude.

  2. insultnoun

    Anything that causes offence/offense by being of an unacceptable quality.

    The way the orchestra performed tonight was an insult to my ears.

  3. insultnoun

    Something causing disease or injury to the body or bodily processes.

  4. insultverb

    To behave in an obnoxious and superior manner (over, against).

  5. insultverb

    To offend (someone) by being rude, insensitive or insolent; to demean or affront (someone).

  6. Etymology: insultare, ultimately from salire.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Insultnoun

    Etymology: insultus, Lat. insulte, French.

    The bull's insult at four she may sustain,
    But after ten from nuptial rites refrain. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Take the sentence seriously, because railleries are an insult on the unfortunate. William Broome, Notes on the Odyssey.

  2. To INSULTverb

    Etymology: insulter, Fr. insulto, Lat.

    The poet makes his hero, after he was glutted by the death of Hector, and the honour he did his friend by insulting over his murderer, to be moved by the tears of king Priam. Alexander Pope.

    It pleas'd the king his master very lately
    To strike at me upon his misconstruction;
    When he conjunct, and flatt'ring his displeasure,
    Tript me behind; being down, insulted, rail'd,
    And put upon him such a deal of man,
    That worthied him. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    So 'scapes the insulting fire his narrow jail,
    And makes small outlets into open air. Dryden.

    Ev'n when they sing at ease in full content,
    Insulting o'er the toil they underwent,
    Yet still they find a future task remain,
    To turn the soil. John Dryden, Virgil.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insultverb

    the act of leaping on; onset; attack

  2. Insultverb

    gross abuse offered to another, either by word or act; an act or speech of insolence or contempt; an affront; an indignity

  3. Insultverb

    to leap or trample upon; to make a sudden onset upon

  4. Insultverb

    to treat with abuse, insolence, indignity, or contempt, by word or action; to abuse; as, to call a man a coward or a liar, or to sneer at him, is to insult him

  5. Insultverb

    to leap or jump

  6. Insultverb

    to behave with insolence; to exult

  7. Etymology: [L. insultus, fr. insilire to leap upon: cf. F. insulte. See Insult, v. t.]


  1. Insult

    An insult is an expression, statement which is considered degrading, offensive and impolite. Insults may be intentional or accidental. An insult may be factual, but at the same time pejorative, such as the word "inbred".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Insult

    in-sult′, v.t. to treat with indignity or contempt: to abuse: to affront.—n. (in′sult) abuse: affront: contumely.—adjs. Insult′able, capable of being insulted; Insult′ant (rare), insulting.—n. Insult′er (obs.), one who makes an attack.—adj. Insult′ing, conveying insult: insolent: contemptuous.—adv. Insult′ingly, in an insulting or insolent manner.—n. Insult′ment (Shak.), insult. [Fr.,—L. insultāreinsilīre, to spring at—in, upon, salīre, to leap.]

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  1. unlist

  2. sunlit

  3. unslit

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of insult in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of insult in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of insult in a Sentence

  1. Michael Bloomberg:

    I find the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters.

  2. Justice Christine Taubira in 2013:

    I am considering it because despite it being presented in the form of fiction there are elements characteristic of public insult.

  3. John Wayne:

    I've always followed my father's advice he told me, first to always keep my word and, second, to never insult anybody unintentionally. If I insult you, you can be goddamn sure I intend to. And, third, he told me not to go around looking for trouble.

  4. Elaine Luria:

    The president's comment that lawmakers visiting Afghanistan is a 'public relations event' is an insult to the brave men and women serving in harm's way.

  5. Clarence Darrow:

    I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure--that is all that agnosticism means.

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  • أهانArabic
  • абра́зіць, абража́цьBelarusian
  • insultar, insultCatalan, Valencian
  • urazitCzech
  • fornærmelseDanish
  • beleidigen, Beleidigung, Kränkung, VerletzungGerman
  • προσβάλλω, προσβολήGreek
  • insulto, insultarSpanish
  • دشنامPersian
  • loukkaus, parjaus, pahennus, loukataFinnish
  • skemdarorðFaroese
  • insulter, insulteFrench
  • निन्द्Hindi
  • menyinggungIndonesian
  • móðgunIcelandic
  • offesa, oltraggio, affronto, insultare, insulto, ingiuria, offendereItalian
  • 侮辱するJapanese
  • 모욕Korean
  • convicium, contumelia, maledictumLatin
  • അപമാനിക്കുക, ആക്ഷേപ, നിന്ദിക്കുക, ആക്ഷേപിക്കുകMalayalam
  • निन्द्Marathi
  • fornærmelseNorwegian
  • belediging, beledigenDutch
  • fornærmingNorwegian Nynorsk
  • obrażać, obraza, obrazić, wyzwisko, zniewagaPolish
  • insultar, insulto, injuriar, ofensaPortuguese
  • injurie, jignire, insulta, jigniRomanian
  • оскорблять, обижать, обидеть, оскорбление, оскорбитьRussian
  • निन्दा, आक्षेपः, निन्द्Sanskrit
  • förolämpa, förolämpningSwedish
  • matusi, tusiSwahili
  • ดูถูกThai
  • aşağılama, hakaret, aşağılamak, eziyet, hakaret etmekTurkish
  • образа, обра́зити, обража́тиUkrainian
  • بدنام, ذلیل کرنا, اہانت کرنا, بے عزت کرنا،Urdu

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    money demanded for the return of a captured person
    • A. downsizing
    • B. witness
    • C. ransom
    • D. assault

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