What does insult mean?

Definitions for insult
ɪnˈsʌlt; ˈɪn sʌltin·sult

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word insult.

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.


  1. Insult

    An insult is an expression or statement (or sometimes behavior) which is disrespectful or scornful. Insults may be intentional or accidental. An insult may be factual, but at the same time pejorative, such as the word "inbred".


  1. insult

    An insult is a remark, action, or behavior intended to offend, belittle, or express contempt or disrespect towards someone. It usually involves criticism or negative statements that attacks one's character, appearance, or abilities.

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. Pope Francis:

    If Dr. Gasbarri, a great friend, says a swear word against my mother, then a punch awaits him, it's normal, it's normal. One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith.

  2. Thomas Homan:

    This is out of control, what I've been trying to do my 34 years serving my nation is to save lives, so for you to sit there and insult my integrity and my love of my country and for children, that's why this whole thing needs to be fixed.

  3. Thomas Abt:

    These conflicts ... can occur for surprisingly small things, an insult on social media, a dispute over a girlfriend and so on.

  4. The Pope:

    It's normal, it's normal. One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith.

  5. Patrick Hunter:

    The George Washington National Forest, Monongahela National Forest and Appalachian Trail are George Washington National Forest. The Administration was far too eager to trade them away for a pipeline conceived to deliver profit to The Administration developers, not gas to consumers, this pipeline is unnecessary and asking fracked gas customers to pay developers to blast this boondoggle through our public lands only adds insult to injury.

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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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