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insult

Definitions

  • Adding Insult to Injury
    Adding Insult to Injury
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v insult treat, mention, or speak to rudely "He insulted her with his rude remarks","the student who had betrayed his classmate was dissed by everyone"
    • n insult a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect "turning his back on me was a deliberate insult"
    • n insult a rude expression intended to offend or hurt "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse","they yelled insults at the visiting team"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Insult Added to Injury Insult Added to Injury
THE SATSUMA MAN INSULTS OISHI KURANOSUKÉ THE SATSUMA MAN INSULTS OISHI KURANOSUKÉ

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Scotland, Irn-Bru is a soft drink that is more popular than Coca-Cola. When McDonalds opened in Glasgow and did not sell Irn-Bru, it was considered an insult, and the restaurant was subsequently boycotted.
    • Insult (Med., Biology) An injury to an organism; trauma; as, to produce an experimental insult to investigate healing processes.
    • Insult Gross abuse offered to another, either by word or act; an act or speech of insolence or contempt; a deprecatory remark; an affront; an indignity. "The ruthless sneer that insult adds to grief."
    • Insult The act of leaping on; onset; attack.
    • Insult To behave with insolence; to exult. "The lion being dead, even hares insult .""An unwillingness to insult over their helpless fatuity."
    • Insult To leap or jump. "Give me thy knife, I will insult on him.""Like the frogs in the apologue, insulting upon their wooden king."
    • Insult To leap or trample upon; to make a sudden onset upon.
    • Insult 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The table fork was introduced into England in 1601. Until then people would eat with their knives, spoons or fingers. When Queen Elizabeth first used a fork, the clergy went ballistic. They felt it was an insult to God not to touch meat with one's fingers.
    • insult To leap upon; specifically, to make a sudden, open, and bold attack upon; attack in a summary manner, and without recourse to the usual forms of war.
    • insult To offer an indignity to; treat contemptuously, ignominiously, or insolently, either by speech or by action; manifest scorn or contempt for.
    • insult To leap or jump.
    • insult To behave with insolent triumph; exult contemptuously: with on, upon, or over.
    • n insult The act of leaping on anything.
    • n insult An assault; a summary assault; an attack.
    • n insult An affront, or a hurt inflicted upon one's self-respect or sensibility; an action or utterance designed to wound one's feelings or ignominiously assail one's self-respect; a manifestation of insolence or contempt intended to provoke resentment; an indignity.
    • n insult Contemptuous treatment; outrage.
    • insult In pathology, to injure; inflict traumatism upon.
    • n insult In pathology, external violence which causes a lesion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tipping at a restaurant in Iceland is considered an insult.
    • v.t Insult in-sult′ to treat with indignity or contempt: to abuse: to affront
    • n Insult (in′sult) abuse: affront: contumely
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Quotations

  • Lawrence Durrell
    Lawrence Durrell
    “Old age is an insult. It's like being smacked.”
  • Jonathan Gash
    Jonathan Gash
    “A bad forgery's the ultimate insult.”
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph%20Addison
    “Young people soon give, and forget insults, but old age is slow in both.”
  • William Hazlitt
    William%20Hazlitt
    “The best way to procure insults is to submit to them.”
  • Russell Lynes
    Russell Lynes
    “If you can't ignore an insult, top it; if you can't top it, laugh it off; and if you can't laugh it off, it's probably deserved.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Even rabbits insult an dead lion.”

Idioms

Add insult to injury - When people add insult to injury, they make a bad situation even worse.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. insulter, L. insultare, freq. fr. insilire, to leap into or upon; pref. in-, in, on + salire, to leap. See Salient

Usage

In literature:

Yet if I were merely a woman you gave evidence on the station platform to-day that you know how to protect one from insults.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
Indeed, there were those who openly stated that he would not long survive the insult to his professional authority.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
My imagination has been stimulated into rather dangerous activity by the pre-natal insult put upon me.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
But, sir, I am here to defend my mother's rights and to protect her from insult!
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
I cannot see Madeleine so cruelly insulted.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
I chaw up any one who insults me.
"Ben's Nugget" by Horatio, Jr. Alger
While I am not with you, people will not insult you.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
To insult you, my child, and after that other horrible affair.
"Witness to the Deed" by George Manville Fenn
The youthful patricians followed their lead, and insult and murder became common incidents in Rome.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
I adore flattery, but a stupid compliment is worse than an insult.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
The scion of the Broons, fired for the honour of his house, drove straight at the mouth of the insulter.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
You offer him a cruel, an unprovoked insult.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
The insult was so great that no human marquis could stand it.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
No man can insult me without suffering for it.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic
Milt had tried to be insulting, but had got lost in the intricacies of the insult.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
The invasion of Can Mallorqui by the braggart and enamored young blades he took as an insult.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
It seemed as if they thought my wanting to be independent was a direct insult to them.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
She had proved him unworthy of her trust, and on top of that he had insulted her.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
These insults to their sex seemed very acceptable to the fashionably dressed "Antis" who occupied the front rows of seats.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
The entertainments of the stage are calculated to the same end, and almost every public exhibition is tinctured with insult.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
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In poetry:

Smarting with the insult,
Through the streets of Drontheim
Strode he red and wrathful,
With his stately air.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVI. -- Queen Thuri And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
When lawless mobs insult the court,
That man shall be my toast,
If breaking windows be the sport,
Who bravely breaks the most.
"The Modern Patriot" by William Cowper
My refuge is the God of love;
Why do my foes insult and cry,
"Fly like a tim'rous, trembling dove,
To distant woods or mountains fly?"
"Psalm 11" by Isaac Watts
For why? I've often suffer'd blame
For thee, and been o'erwhelm'd with shame,
And often been oblig'd to take
A thousand insults for thy sake.
"Part Of The Sixty-Ninth Psalm" by Rees Prichard
They take our wives, insult and mock,
And sell our children on the block,
Then choke us if we say a word,
And say that "niggers" shan't be heard.
"A Song For Freedom" by Anonymous Americas
"Oh! Lord de Vere, what word or deed
Gave warrant for a wrong like this?
Name one: I'll hold this insult light,
And scorn myself to give you right."
"Percy Vere, The Peer's Story - Part I - My Home" by Ernest Jones

In news:

If you have no problem throwing away three hours of your life while being insulted and feeling talked down to, "Cloud Atlas" will provide for a superior waste of time and an assault on your id and ego.
Never insult the president of Zimbabwe or the Thai king on their birthdays.
In the spring, two best-selling authors, liberal satirist Al Franken and Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly, traded insults at the usually staid Book-Expo America booksellers convention.
Insults fly at lighthearted roast of Larry Dierker.
Insults, injuries, ejections Pretty much everything goes wrong in Philly.
Iraq's official newspapers heaped scorn and insults on President Bush today, describing him variously as a "war maniac, " "scorpion" and "criminal.
The Bachelor star admits in a new interview what everyone has been telling him for a long, long time: Courtney Robertson is a manipulative, lying (insert your own insult here).
Meryl Streep's Portrayal of Margaret Thatcher Called an 'Insult' by Friends.
In Italy, it's now illegal to insult somebody's masculinity .
Insult to ( metaphorical ) injury: Duke's Smith performs stunning crossover on Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. Jump to Navigation.
Ugly is, indeed, the word for any comedy that manages to insult both its cast and audience with nearly every scene.
I found this to be one of the most insulting, petty infractions in the grand scheme of things.
Conflicts start because of an insult to a tribe's honor, which requires a rite of revenge known as badal.
Of course, Julia is insulting.
Should an ad that could insult Muslims be permitted in the NYC subway system.
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In science:

As for the half-filled Kondo lattice model on the honeycomb lattice, since the density of state of the quasiparticles also has the pseudo-gap behavior, there is a critical Kondo coupling to form the Kondo insulting state as studied in Sec. 3.
Half-filled Kondo lattice on the honeycomb lattice
Increase in BBB permeability is associated with severe ischemic damage, occurring with some delay after the initial insult.
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats
Repeated treatments with nimesulide for the first three days after ischemia afforded a more remarkable neuroprotection than the administration of a single dose given before the insult (Fig. 1).
Neuroprotective efficacy of nimesulide against hippocampal neuronal damage following transient forebrain ischemia
To add insult to injury, many of the new physics signals have significant backgrounds, and may require as many as 1000 events to be confirmed.
Physics Beyond the Standard Model
So do not try to enlighten him; he wil l only cry out that you insult his beliefs. “Historians copy from one another.
Algebra versus analysis in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory
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