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English noun: insult

1. insult (communication) a rude expression intended to offend or hurt

SamplesWhen a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse.
They yelled insults at the visiting team.

Synonymsabuse, contumely, revilement, vilification

Broader (hypernym)discourtesy, disrespect

Narrower (hyponym)billingsgate, cut, invective, low blow, scurrility, stinger, vitriol, vituperation

2. insult (act) a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect

SamplesTurning his back on me was a deliberate insult.


Broader (hypernym)discourtesy, offence, offense, offensive activity

Narrower (hyponym)indignity, outrage, scandalisation, scandalization

English verb: insult

1. insult (communication) treat, mention, or speak to rudely

SamplesHe insulted her with his rude remarks.
The student who had betrayed his classmate was dissed by everyone.

ExamplesSam cannot insult Sue , The performance is likely to insult Sue

Synonymsaffront, diss

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound

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