Definition of insult verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they insult
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsʌlt//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsʌlt//
he / she / it insults
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsʌlts//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsʌlts//
past simple insulted
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsʌltɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsʌltɪd//
past participle insulted
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsʌltɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsʌltɪd//
-ing form insulting
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsʌltɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsʌltɪŋ//
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BrE BrE//ɪnˈsʌlt//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsʌlt//
insult somebody/something to say or do something that offends somebody I have never been so insulted in my life! She felt insulted by the low offer. You insult my intelligence! (= you are treating me as if I am stupid)
Word Originmid 16th cent. (as a verb in the sense ‘exult, act arrogantly’): from Latin insultare ‘jump or trample on’, from in- ‘on’ + saltare, from salire ‘to leap’. The noun (in the early 17th cent. denoting an attack) is from French insulte or ecclesiastical Latin insultus. The main current senses date from the 17th cent.Extra examples He was dismissed for publicly insulting prominent politicians. I felt deeply insulted that she hadn’t asked me to the meeting. Do you really expect me to believe that? Don’t insult my intelligence! I have never been so insulted in all my life!
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