4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Insult \In"sult\, noun [L. insultus, fr. insilire to leap upon: cf. F. insulte. See {Insult}, verb (used with an object)]

1. The act of leaping on; onset; attack. [Obs.] --Dryden.

2. 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.

The ruthless sneer that insult adds to grief. --Savage.

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

Syn: Affront; indignity; abuse; outrage; contumely. See {Affront}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Insult \In*sult"\, verb (used with an object) [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}.]

1. To leap or trample upon; to make a sudden onset upon. [Obs.] --Shak.

2. 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Insult \In*sult"\, verb (used without an object)

1. To leap or jump.

Give me thy knife, I will insult on him. --Shak.

Like the frogs in the apologue, insulting upon their wooden king. --Jer. Taylor.

2. To behave with insolence; to exult. [Archaic]

The lion being dead, even hares insult. --Daniel.

An unwillingness to insult over their helpless fatuity. --Landor.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: 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" [syn: {abuse}, {insult}, {revilement}, {contumely}, {vilification}]

2: a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect; "turning his back on me was a deliberate insult" [syn: {insult}, {affront}]


1: treat, mention, or speak to rudely; "He insulted her with his rude remarks"; "the student who had betrayed his classmate was dissed by everyone" [syn: {diss}, {insult}, {affront}]

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