insult


insult
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noun
ADJECTIVE
bad, grave, great, terrible

one of the worst insults you can throw at somebody

final, ultimate

To call a woman a girl is the ultimate insult.

calculated, deliberate (esp. BrE)
direct (esp. AmE)
personal
VERB + INSULT
hurl, shout, throw

They were hurling insults at the police.

mean sth as

I don't mean this as an insult, but I think the team would play better without you.

take sth as

I meant it as a bit of constructive advice, but he took it as a personal insult

endure, suffer

Foreigners have to suffer constant insults from the local population.

exchange, trade

The two groups of fans exchanged insults.

INSULT + VERB
fly

Insults were flying back and forth.

PREPOSITION
insult to

It was an insult to his wife.

PHRASES
add insult to injury

Then, to add insult to injury (= to make things worse), they told me I couldn't get on the flight.

an insult to your intelligence

The questions were a real insult to our intelligence (= because they were too easy).

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verb
ADVERB
publicly

He was dismissed for publicly insulting prominent politicians.

PHRASES
be insulted, feel insulted

I felt deeply insulted that she hadn't asked me to the meeting.

Insult is used with these nouns as the object: ↑intelligence

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • INSULT — INSULT, disparagement or defamation of the character or injury to the feelings of another (Heb. boshet, ona at devarim, halbanat panim, hoẓa at shem ra). The rabbis of the Talmud distinguished between two main types of insult: that which causes… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Insult — In*sult , v. i. 1. To leap or jump. [1913 Webster] Give me thy knife, I will insult on him. Shak. [1913 Webster] Like the frogs in the apologue, insulting upon their wooden king. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. To behave with insolence; to exult.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Insult — In sult, n. [L. insultus, fr. insilire to leap upon: cf. F. insulte. See {Insult}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of leaping on; onset; attack. [Obs.] Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Gross abuse offered to another, either by word or act; an act or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To leap or trample upon; to make a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • insult — vb affront, outrage, *offend Analogous words: humiliate, humble, debase, degrade, *abase: flout, *scoff, jeer, gird, gibe, fleer, sneer: mock, taunt, deride, *ridicule Antonyms: honor Contrasted words: gratify, *pl …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • insult — [n] hateful communication abuse, affront, aspersion, black eye*, blasphemy, cheap shot*, contempt, contumely, derision, despite, discourtesy, disdainfulness, disgrace, disrespect, ignominy, impertinence, impudence, incivility, indignity,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • insult — [in sult′; ] for n. [ in′sult΄] vt. [MFr insulter < L insultare, to leap upon, scoff at, insult < in , in, on + saltare, freq. of salire, to leap: see SALIENT] 1. to treat or speak to with scorn, insolence, or great disrespect; subject to… …   English World dictionary

  • Insult — (Insultation, v. lat.), 1) muthwilliger Angriff; 2) Beschimpfung; 3) Beleidigung; daher Insultiren, übermüthig begegnen, verhöhnen, beschimpfen, beleidigen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Insult — (Insultation), beleidigender Anfall, Beschimpfung, Beleidigung; insultieren, gröblich beleidigen, beschimpfen, verhöhnen …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 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