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INSULT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does insult mean? 

INSULT (noun)
  The noun INSULT has 2 senses:

1. a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
2. a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect

  Familiarity information: INSULT used as a noun is rare.


INSULT (verb)
  The verb INSULT has 1 sense:

1. treat, mention, or speak to rudely

  Familiarity information: INSULT used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INSULT (noun)


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Meaning:

A rude expression intended to offend or hurt

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

revilement; insult; contumely; abuse; vilification

Context examples:

when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse / they yelled insults at the visiting team

Hypernyms ("insult" is a kind of...):

discourtesy; disrespect (an expression of lack of respect)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "insult"):

low blow (unscrupulous abuse)

billingsgate; scurrility (foul-mouthed or obscene abuse)

cut; stinger (a remark capable of wounding mentally)

invective; vitriol; vituperation (abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will)


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Meaning:

A deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

affront; insult

Context example:

turning his back on me was a deliberate insult

Hypernyms ("insult" is a kind of...):

discourtesy; offence; offense; offensive activity (a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "insult"):

indignity (an affront to one's dignity or self-esteem)

outrage; scandalisation; scandalization (the act of scandalizing)


INSULT (verb)


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Meaning:

Treat, mention, or speak to rudely

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

affront; diss; insult

Context examples:

He insulted her with his rude remarks / the student who had betrayed his classmate was dissed by everyone

Hypernyms (to "insult" is one way to...):

bruise; hurt; injure; offend; spite; wound (hurt the feelings of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

Sam cannot insult Sue
The performance is likely to insult Sue


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