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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.


Synonymsaffront


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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