[verb in-suhlt; noun in-suhlt] /verb ɪnˈsʌlt; noun ˈɪn sʌlt/
verb (used with object)
to treat or speak to insolently or with contemptuous rudeness; affront.
to affect as an affront; offend or demean.
Archaic. to attack; assault.
verb (used without object)
Archaic. to behave with insolent triumph; exult contemptuously (usually followed by on, upon, or over).
an insolent or contemptuously rude action or remark; affront.
something having the effect of an affront:
That book is an insult to one’s intelligence.
Archaic. an attack or assault.
verb (transitive) (ɪnˈsʌlt)
to treat, mention, or speak to rudely; offend; affront
(obsolete) to assault; attack
an offensive or contemptuous remark or action; affront; slight
a person or thing producing the effect of an affront: some television is an insult to intelligence
(med) an injury or trauma
add insult to injury, to make an unfair or unacceptable situation even worse
1560s, “triumph over in an arrogant way,” from Middle French insulter (14c.) and directly from Latin insultare “to assail, to leap upon” (already used by Cicero in sense of “insult, scoff at, revile”), frequentative of insilire “leap at or upon,” from in- “on, at” (see in- (2)) + salire “to leap” (see salient (adj.)). Sense of “to verbally abuse, affront, assail with disrespect” is from 1610s. Related: Insulted; insulting.
c.1600 in the sense of “attack;” 1670s as “an act of insulting,” from Middle French insult (14c.) or directly from Late Latin insultus, from insilire (see insult (v.)). To add insult to injury translates Latin injuriae contumeliam addere.
insult in·sult (ĭn’sŭlt’)
A bodily injury, irritation, or trauma.
see: add insult to injury
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