Adjective "insult" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Speak to or treat with disrespect or scornful abuse.
  1. 'Howard has been not only honest but clever in not insulting voters with tricky talk.'
  2. 'So is there any hope that the broadcasters will stop insulting our intelligence?'
  3. 'My problem is with stupid, ignorant and insulting queries like the one posed above.'
  4. 'Well the nation has had to put up with weeks of its intelligence being insulted by those who claimed we were wrong to act.'
  5. 'I wonder what sort of business he's involved with, if he doesn't need to worry about insulting women?'
  6. 'Carl is insulted, humiliated and ignored on a regular basis and yet keeps coming back for more.'
  7. 'As a statement of defiance, it was more effective than insulting a head of state.'
  8. 'He said he became angry after his girlfriend was insulted by the two accused men.'
  9. 'They were also said to be regularly insulted and physically abused by the owners.'
  10. 'It insulted his intelligence and made him wonder why he went to college in the first place.'
  11. 'It is the first time in years that someone has been taken to court and penalised for insulting the monarch.'


A disrespectful or scornfully abusive remark or act.
  1. 'he saw the book as a deliberate insult to the Church'
  2. 'Many took his remarks as a racial insult.'
  3. 'My remarks were not an insult to decent youths or their parents.'
  4. 'With Australian spies among their number, they face a season-long barrage of insults and sly remarks if the world champions add the Captain Cook Cup to their trophy haul.'
  5. 'The Vietnamese perceived this disrespect as an insult to the entire village.'
  6. 'The conduct that has come to light is an insult to the people, and an affront to the most basic standards of morality and decency.'
  7. 'You know your comment about there being more jobs in America then ever is a real stupid remark and an insult to hourly workers of America.'
  8. 'It's grossly invasive and humiliating, an insult to the dignity of any person.'
  9. 'The arch tastemaker meant it as a compliment, but barbed remarks and outright insults have dogged her throughout her career.'
  10. 'It is an insult to the primary producers of this region to be snubbed by any Minister, let alone one who supposedly represents their industry.'
  11. 'It is tempting to refuse to answer those who have nothing to contribute but rude remarks, insults, and attempts to accuse others of things never said.'
  12. 'If you are going to have nurses on call, the pay is an insult.'
  13. 'The policy was an affront to our values and a needless insult to our friends.'
  14. 'The distraught parents of Adele, who died last year, said the fine was an ‘absolute insult to us and to the memory of Adele’.'
  15. 'What an insult to every mother in the country that Budget was!'
  16. 'As one steward said, ‘The offer is an insult.’'
  17. 'That is, in my view, an absolute insult, given the importance of this legislation.'
  18. 'They have now been offered a 1 percent rise to pay for the additional costs, and that is a total and an absolute insult.'
An event which causes damage to a tissue or organ.
  1. 'Tissues exposed to one insult can develop tolerance to a subsequent injury.'
  2. 'For this reason, various environmental insults that damage intestinal tissues also lower the levels of lactase.'
  3. 'As the physiologic insults to each organ system accumulated, the outcome for this patient became worrisome.'

More definitions

verb (used with object)

1. to treat or speak to insolently or with contemptuous rudeness; affront.

2. to affect as an affront; offend or demean.

3. Archaic. to attack; assault.

verb (used without object)

4. Archaic. to behave with insolent triumph; exult contemptuously (usually followed by on, upon, or over).


5. an insolent or contemptuously rude action or remark; affront.

6. something having the effect of an affront: That book is an insult to one's intelligence.

7. Medici


Mid 16th century (as a verb in the sense ‘exult, act arrogantly’): from Latin insultare ‘jump or trample on’, from in- ‘on’ + saltare, from salire ‘to leap’. The noun (in the early 17th century denoting an attack) is from French insulte or ecclesiastical Latin insultus. The main current senses date from the 17th century, the medical use dating from the early 20th century.


add insult to injury
insult someone's intelligence
an insult to someone's intelligence