(obsolete) To behave in an obnoxious and superior manner (over, against).
To offend (someone) by being rude, insensitive or insolent; to demean or affront (someone).
(obsolete) To leap or trample upon; to make a sudden onset upon.
- thou hast lost all, poor thou art, dejected, in pain of body, grief of mind, thine enemies insult over thee, thou art as bad as Job […].
* (to offend) abuse, affront, offend, slight
* See also
An action or form of speech deliberately intended to be rude.
* 1987 , Jamie Lee Curtis, A Fish Called Wanda :
- the ruthless sneer that insult adds to grief
Anything that causes offence/offense, e.g. by being of an unacceptable quality.
- To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people!
(medicine) Something causing disease or injury to the body or bodily processes.
* 2006 , Stephen G. Lomber, Jos J. Eggermont, Reprogramming the Cerebral Cortex (page 415)
- The way the orchestra performed tonight was an insult to my ears.
* 2011 , Terence Allen and Graham Cowling, The Cell: A Very Short Introduction , Oxford 2011, p. 96:
(obsolete) The act of leaping on; onset; attack.
- Within the complex genome of most organisms there are alternative multiple pathways of proteins which can help the individual cell survive a variety of insults , for example radiation, toxic chemicals, heat, excessive or reduced oxygen.
* (deliberatedly intended to be rude) abuse (uncountable), affront, offence (UK)/offense (US), pejorative, slam, slight, slur
* (thing causing offence by being of unacceptable quality) disgrace, outrage
* See also
The action of stopping operations; a closing, of a computer, business, event, etc.
A statement, insult, etc. that prevents the opponent from replying further.
- You need to enter your password at startup, but it's not required at shutdown .
- When he insulted me, my reply was such a shutdown he ceased his insults.