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Definition of Insult


  1. The act of leaping on; onset; attack.
  2. Gross abuse offered to another, either by word or act; an act or speech of insolence or contempt; an affront; an indignity.
  3. To leap or trample upon; to make a sudden onset upon.
  4. To treat with abuse, insolence, indignity, or contempt, by word or action; to abuse; as, to call a man a coward or a liar, or to sneer at him, is to insult him.
  5. To leap or jump.
  6. To behave with insolence; to exult.

Insult Quotations

If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
George Washington

A stiff apology is a second insult... The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

I do sometimes accuse people of ignorance, but that is not intended to be an insult. I'm ignorant of lots of things. Ignorance is something that can be remedied by education.
Richard Dawkins

The clear problem of the outlawing of insult is that too many things can be interpreted as such. Criticism, ridicule, sarcasm, merely stating an alternative point of view to the orthodoxy, can be interpreted as insult.
Rowan Atkinson

The Hell's Angels try not to do anything halfway, and anyone who deals in extremes is bound to cause trouble, whether he means to or not. This, along with a belief in total retaliation for any offense or insult, is what makes the Hell's Angels unmanageable for the police and morbidly fascinating to the general public.
Hunter S. Thompson
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Insult Translations

insult in Dutch is krenken, beledigen, affronteren
insult in French is insultez, injurier, insultons, insulte, offenser
insult in German is beleidigen, beleidigen, beschimpfe
insult in Italian is affronto, oltraggiare, oltraggiare
insult in Latin is insulto, vituperium
insult in Portuguese is insulto
insult in Spanish is injuria, insulto, amenguar, insultar, injuriar