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insult    : [ɪns'ʌlt] ['ɪns,ʌlt]
Insult \In"sult\, n. [L. insultus, fr. insilire to leap upon:
cf. F. insulte. See {Insult}, v. t.]
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1. The act of leaping on; onset; attack. [Obs.] --Dryden.
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2. 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.
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The ruthless sneer that insult adds to grief.

3. (Med., Biology) An injury to an organism; trauma; as, to
produce an experimental insult to investigate healing

Syn: Affront; indignity; abuse; outrage; contumely. See
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Insult \In*sult"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Insulted}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Insulting}.] [F. insulter, L. insultare, freq. fr.
insilire to leap into or upon; pref. in- in, on salire to
leap. See {Salient}.]
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1. To leap or trample upon; to make a sudden onset upon.
[Obs.] --Shak.
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2. 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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Insult \In*sult"\, v. i.
1. To leap or jump.
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Give me thy knife, I will insult on him. --Shak.
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Like the frogs in the apologue, insulting upon their
wooden king. --Jer. Taylor.
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2. To behave with insolence; to exult. [Archaic]
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The lion being dead, even hares insult. --Daniel.
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An unwillingness to insult over their helpless
fatuity. --Landor.
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n 1: 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" [synonym: {abuse},
{insult}, {revilement}, {contumely}, {vilification}]
2: a deliberately offensive act or something producing the
effect of deliberate disrespect; "turning his back on me was
a deliberate insult" [synonym: {insult}, {affront}]
v 1: treat, mention, or speak to rudely; "He insulted her with
his rude remarks"; "the student who had betrayed his
classmate was dissed by everyone" [synonym: {diss}, {insult},

113 Moby Thesaurus words for "insult":
abase, abuse, affront, airs, arrogance, asperse, aspersion,
atrocity, barb, be above, be contemptuous of, brickbat, call names,
care nothing for, clannishness, cliquishness, contemn, contempt,
contemptuousness, contumely, cut, debase, defamation, defame,
degrade, deride, despise, despite, dig, discourtesy, disdain,
disdainfulness, disgrace, dishonor, disoblige, disparage,
disparagement, disprize, dump, dump on, enormity, exclusiveness,
feel contempt for, feel superior to, fleer, fleer at, flout,
flouting, gibe, gibe at, gird, give offense to, hauteur,
hold beneath one, hold cheap, hold in contempt, humble, humiliate,
humiliation, hurl a brickbat, ignominy, indignity, injure, injury,
insolence, invective, jeer, jeer at, jeering, jibe at, libel,
look down upon, misprize, mock, mockery, obloquy, offend, offense,
opprobrium, outrage, put down, put-down, rank low, ridicule, rump,
scoff, scoff at, scorn, scornfulness, scurrility, set at naught,
shame, slander, slap, slight, slur, sneer, sneer at, sneeze at,
sniff at, sniffiness, snobbishness, snootiness, snort at,
snottiness, sovereign contempt, superciliousness, taunt,
think nothing of, toploftiness, treat with indignity,
uncomplimentary remark, vituperation

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