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v. in·sult·ed, in·sult·ing, in·sults
a. To treat with gross insensitivity, insolence, or contemptuous rudeness. See Synonyms at offend.
b. To affront or demean: an absurd speech that insulted the intelligence of the audience.
2. Obsolete To make an attack on.
v.intr. Archaic
To behave arrogantly.
n. (ĭn′sŭlt′)
1. An insulting remark or act.
a. Medicine A bodily injury, irritation, or trauma.
b. Something that causes injury, irritation, or trauma: "the middle of the Bronx, buffeted and poisoned by the worst environmental insults that urban America can dish out" (William K. Stevens).

[French insulter, from Old French, to assault, from Latin īnsultāre, to leap at, insult, frequentative of īnsilīre, to leap upon : in-, on; see in-2 + salīre, to leap; see sel- in Indo-European roots.]

in·sult′er n.
in·sult′ing·ly adv.
References in classic literature ?
But when the cowardly insulter spat in the face of the captive monarch Athos grasped his dagger.
The offended party there, they say, marches off to his insulter and says to him, 'You insulted me, so I have come to rip myself open before your eyes;' and with these words he does actually rip his stomach open before his enemy, and considers, doubtless, that he is having all possible and necessary satisfaction and revenge.
Nor was this the end of the day's bad work, for Saint Antoine so shouted and danced his angry blood up, that it boiled again, on hearing when the day closed in that the son-in-law of the despatched, another of the people's enemies and insulters, was coming into Paris under a guard five hundred strong, in cavalry alone.
At a time when he accepted to be a soldier and insulter in the service of Iran's project in the region, Nasrallah is begging for dialogue in Lebanon," Rifi said.
Yohanan Friedmann has demonstrated that on the crucial issue of whether or not the Muslim insulter of the Prophet may repent of his crime, support may be found in each of the four Sunni madhahib for either repentance or the impossibility of repentance.
Il ne faut surtout pas condamner ces clubs ou insulter leur passe et leur palmares.
72) Or again, "Warren's opinion portrays an insult without an insulter.
The report said that Joseph was a bipartisan insulter, as he tweeted about the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, which read as "Look, (Rep.
Le Republicain du Mali+ ecrit, a cet egard, que ce dialogue inter-maliens et inclusif ne vise pas autre chose que la sauvegarde de l'integrite territoriale, la paix et la securite, toutes choses qui passent par le redeploiement de l'armee et de l'administration au nord Mali, et surtout a Kidal, le bon deroulement des elections, soulignant que c'est la meilleure voie de sortie de crise honorable pour notre pays, et personne n'a le droit de nous amener a insulter l'histoire et donc a compromettre l'avenir de la nation malienne.
Yes, it was crude and crass, Conte said, but it was an equal opportunity insulter.
If, for instance, one were to shout insults at another, then virtue would flow from the insulter to the insulted and a reverse exchange of karma would take place.