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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.
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"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.
But when the cowardly insulter spat in the face of the captive monarch Athos grasped his dagger.
Porthos raised his terrible fist, which whistled through the air like a sling, and the portentous mass fell with a smothered crash on the insulter's skull and crushed it.
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.
[beaucoup moins que]Il pas insulter l'avenir[beaucoup plus grand que], dirait-on dans des circonstances de crise, d'autant plus que le PPS a AaAaAeA@ternellement du respect profond des Institutions, encore plus quand il est question de celle de la plus Haute AutoritAaAaAeA@ du Royaume.
Il s'est presque fait insulter par la secretaire d'un medecin du centre d'Alger[beaucoup plus grand que], nous dira un citoyen.
Jones has brought Tyson's trainer and serial insulter Stacey McKinley with him.
Certaines iront jusqu'a frapper et insulter le personnel du Samu.
J'ai envie de les insulter. Non desireuse de divertir plus que necessaire, je quitte les lieux, en fulminant.
Des parents n'hesitent pas a menacer et insulter les enseignants en presence des eleves ce qui encourage leur progeniture a recourir a la violence[beaucoup plus grand que], dit-il.