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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]


Marked by casual disrespect


flip; impudent; insolent; snotty-nosed

Context examples:

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


disrespectful (exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous)

Sense 2insolent [BACK TO TOP]


Unrestrained by convention or propriety


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


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

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