Meaning of insult

in•sult

Pronunciation: (v.in-sult'n.in'sult), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to treat or speak to insolently or with contemptuous rudeness; affront.
  2. to affect as an affront; offend or demean.
  3. to attack; assault.
—v.i.
  1. to behave with insolent triumph; exult contemptuously (usually fol. by on, upon, or over).
—n.
  1. an insolent or contemptuously rude action or remark; affront.
  2. something having the effect of an affront: That book is an insult to one's intelligence.
    1. an injury or trauma.
    2. an agent that inflicts this.
  3. an attack or assault.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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