Adjective "insolent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect.
  1. 'This shows how Kate has a mistaken identity because she appears rude and insolent.'
  2. 'Has any country ever had a more arrogant, insolent, contemptuous leader than we have?'
  3. 'Indifferent, insolent, squally weather put a bit of a damper on the festive and cultural activities over the bank holiday weekend.'
  4. 'The most careless and trivial movements were capable of transmitting the rudest and most insolent messages.'
  5. 'The very stylish decor and layout could unfortunately not make up for the very expensive bar prices and the rude and insolent staff.'
  6. 'Why does she treat me like I am a spoilt child who is rude and insolent even when I am quite clearly not?'
  7. 'There is no privilege here, no escape from the insolent booth attendants, the ceaseless demands of the homeless, and the pungent overcrowding.'
  8. 'One should not be arrogant or insolent but rather be kind, considerate and courteous towards them.'
  9. 'But in the Sixties, as some of us know, wearing modish flat shoes could be as much an act of insolent opposition as a fashion statement.'
  10. 'It can only suffer economic loss which cannot be aggravated by the insulting or insolent behaviour of the defendant.'


1. boldly rude or disrespectful; contemptuously impertinent; insulting: an insolent reply. noun

2. an insolent person.

More examples(as adjective)

"tones can be insolent."

"people can be insolent."

"kisses can be insolent."

"hoaxs can be insolent."

"appraisals can be insolent."

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Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘extravagant, going beyond acceptable limits’): from Latin insolent- ‘immoderate, unaccustomed, arrogant’, from in- ‘not’ + solent- ‘being accustomed’ (from the verb solere).