Insolent In"so*lent, a. [F. insolent, L. insolens, -entis, pref. in- not + solens accustomed, p. pr. of solere to be accustomed.] [1913 Webster] 1. Deviating from that which is customary; novel; strange; unusual. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

If one chance to derive any word from the Latin which is insolent to their ears . . . they forthwith make a jest at it. --Pettie. [1913 Webster]

If any should accuse me of being new or insolent. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Haughty and contemptuous or brutal in behavior or language; overbearing; domineering; grossly rude or disrespectful; saucy; as, an insolent master; an insolent servant. ``A paltry, insolent fellow.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Insolent is he that despiseth in his judgment all other folks as in regard of his value, of his cunning, of his speaking, and of his bearing. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Can you not see? or will ye not observe . . . How insolent of late he is become, How proud, how peremptory? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Proceeding from or characterized by insolence; insulting; as, insolent words or behavior. [1913 Webster]

Their insolent triumph excited . . . indignation. --Macaulay.

Syn: Overbearing; insulting; abusive; offensive; saucy; impudent; audacious; pert; impertinent; rude; reproachful; opprobrious.

Usage: {Insolent}, {Insulting}. Insolent, in its primitive sense, simply denoted unusual; and to act insolently was to act in violation of the established rules of social intercourse. He who did this was insolent; and thus the word became one of the most offensive in our language, indicating gross disregard for the feelings of others. Insulting denotes a personal attack, either in words or actions, indicative either of scorn or triumph. Compare {Impertinent}, {Affront}, {Impudence}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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