I. verb Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French insulter, from Latin insultare, literally, to spring upon, from in- + saltare to leap — more at saltation Date: 1540 intransitive verb archaic to behave with pride or arrogance ; vaunt transitive verb to treat with insolence, indignity, or contempt ; affront; also to affect offensively or damagingly <
doggerel that insults the reader's intelligence
Synonyms: see offendinsulter nouninsultingly adverb II. noun Date: 1671 1. a gross indignity 2. injury to the body or one of its parts; also something that causes or has a potential for causing such insult <
pollution and other environmental insults

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  • insult — ► VERB ▪ speak to or treat with disrespect or abuse. ► NOUN 1) an insulting remark or action. 2) a thing so worthless or contemptible as to be offensive: the pay offer is an absolute insult. ORIGIN Latin insultare jump or trample on …   English terms dictionary

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  • Insúlt — Insúlt, Insultation (lat.), beleidigender Angriff, Beschimpfung; in der Medizin s.v.w. Anfall, Paroxismus, auch äußere Verletzung; insultieren, gröblich beleidigen, beschimpfen, verhöhnen …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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