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Related to insolently: indolently, rebarbative, desultorily, blandly


1. Audaciously rude or disrespectful; impertinent or impudent.
2. Archaic Presumptuous and insulting in manner or speech; arrogant.

[Middle English, from Latin īnsolēns, īnsolent-, immoderate, arrogant : in-, not; see in-1 + solēns, present participle of solēre, to be accustomed.]

in′so·lence (-ləns) n.
in′so·lent·ly adv.
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Adv.1.insolently - in an insolent manner; "he had replied insolently to his superiors"
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[ˈɪnsələntlɪ] ADVinsolentemente
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(ˈinsələnt) adjective
(of a person or his behaviour) insulting or offensive. an insolent stare/remark.
ˈinsolently adverb
ˈinsolence noun
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References in classic literature ?
Passepartout was ready to pounce upon the American, who was staring insolently at his opponent.
"I suppose you are hard up," I remarked insolently.
Sophia (who though naturally all winning sweetness could when occasions demanded it call forth the Dignity of her sex) instantly put on a most forbidding look, and darting an angry frown on the undaunted culprit, demanded in a haughty tone of voice "Wherefore her retirement was thus insolently broken in on?" The unblushing Macdonald, without even endeavouring to exculpate himself from the crime he was charged with, meanly endeavoured to reproach Sophia with ignobly defrauding him of his money .
Steadily, sturdily, almost insolently, he had thrust his way through to the front ranks.
The unfathomable eyes gazed ironically and insolently at him.
"Yes, you can't afford to dine at cafes on that," Ferfitchkin added insolently
Another man stepped forward in almost a sprightly way and glanced insolently up.
"I live on Grand," said O'Sullivan, insolently; "and no trouble to find me at home.
I tried to buy a diploma for an invalid friend at home who had never traveled, and whose desire all his life has been to ascend Mont Blanc, but the Guide-in-Chief rather insolently refused to sell me one.
I suppose I do come on; though in what fashion I know not; being scarcely cognisant of my movements, and solicitous only to appear calm; and, above all, to control the working muscles of my face-- which I feel rebel insolently against my will, and struggle to express what I had resolved to conceal.
Smoke clouds went slowly and insolently across the fields like observant phantoms.
Arrived at the bank of the river the three men perceived that they were followed, turned around, and looking insolently at the Frenchmen, passed some jests from one to another.