Meaning of INSULT in English

I. ə̇nˈsəlt verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French insulter, from Latin insultare, literally, to spring upon, leap, from in- in- (II) + -sultare (from saltare to leap) — more at saltant

intransitive verb

1. archaic : to behave with pride or insolence : display arrogance or contempt : exult or boast usually insolently or contemptuously : triumph , vaunt

2. obsolete : to make an attack or assault

transitive verb


a. : to treat with insolence, indignity, or contempt by word or action : affront wantonly

his impertinences insulted his sister's guests

b. : to make little of : affect offensively or depreciatively

insulted the traditions of the sea by ordering “right” and “left” to be substituted … for “starboard” and “port” — Bruce Bliven b. 1889

editorial slovenliness that insults the reader's mind

2. obsolete : to make an attack on : assault , assail ; especially : to make a sudden military attack on without the usual preliminaries or formalities

Synonyms: see offend

II. ˈinˌsəlt noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French insult, insulte, from Late Latin insultus, probably from Latin in- in- (II) + -sultus (from saltus leap) (probably influenced by Latin insultare to insult, spring upon); akin to Latin salire to leap — more at sally

1. archaic : an act of attacking : onset , attack

2. : a gross indignity offered to another either by word or act : an act or speech of insolence or contempt

his words were a studied insult

such an offer was an insult to our intelligence

3. : damage or an instance of injury to the body or one of its parts

repeated acute vascular insults

any insult to the constitution of a patient suffering from active tuberculosis — Journal American Medical Association

also : an agent that produces such an insult

a thermal insult

damage resulting from malnutritional insults

Synonyms: see affront

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.