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INSOLENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does insolent mean? 

INSOLENT (adjective)
  The adjective INSOLENT has 2 senses:

1. marked by casual disrespect
2. unrestrained by convention or propriety

  Familiarity information: INSOLENT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INSOLENT (adjective)


Sense 1insolent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by casual disrespect

Synonyms:

flip; impudent; insolent; snotty-nosed

Context examples:

a flip answer to serious question / the student was kept in for impudent behavior

Similar:

disrespectful (exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous)


Sense 2insolent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unrestrained by convention or propriety

Synonyms:

brazen-faced; brazen; insolent; audacious; bodacious; barefaced; bald-faced; brassy

Context examples:

an audacious trick to pull / a barefaced hypocrite / the most bodacious display of tourism this side of Anaheim / bald-faced lies / brazen arrogance / the modern world with its quick material successes and insolent belief in the boundless possibilities of progress

Similar:

unashamed (used of persons or their behavior; feeling no shame)


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