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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ There was also the problem of defining the use of insulting words and behaviour.
▪ advice that is extremely insulting to unemployed people
▪ He was accused of using threatening or insulting behaviour and of assaulting a police officer.
▪ I find his behaviour towards me extremely insulting.
▪ I find your criticism deeply insulting.
▪ I wasn't being deliberately insulting. I simply meant that more exercise would be good for you.
▪ It's insulting when people assume I must be a racist because I'm from the South.
▪ Patting a woman on the head can be insulting.
▪ Sexist language is very insulting to women.
▪ She started making insulting comments about the size of my stomach.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Insulting \In*sult"ing\, a. Containing, or characterized by, insult or abuse; tending to insult or affront; as, insulting language, treatment, etc. -- In*sult"ing*ly, adv.

Syn: Insolent; impertinent; saucy; rude; abusive; contemptuous. See Insolent.


Insult \In*sult"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Insulted; p. pr. & vb. n. Insulting.] [F. insulter, L. insultare, freq. fr. insilire to leap into or upon; pref. in- in, on + salire to leap. See Salient.]

  1. To leap or trample upon; to make a sudden onset upon. [Obs.]

  2. To treat with abuse, insolence, indignity, or contempt, by word or action; to abuse; as, to call a man a coward or a liar, or to sneer at him, is to insult him.

  1. Containing insult, or having the intention of insulting. n. The act of giving insult. v

  2. (present participle of insult English)

  1. adj. expressing offensive reproach [syn: abusive, opprobrious, scornful, scurrilous]

  2. expressing extreme contempt [syn: contemptuous, disdainful, scornful]

Usage examples of "insulting".

But Congress had neglected to provide any instruction for what he, Adams, was to do, neither recalling him nor assigning him to a new post, which was both mystifying and insulting.

Had Adams refrained from insulting the French, had he chosen more suitable envoys, the country would never have been brought to such a pass.

The mere fact that his captors saw no need to restrain him sent an insulting message: Now they considered the Adar of the Solar Navy to be no threat at all.

She continued, getting more specific and more insulting, making it quite clear where he stood with her and how far away she wanted him to get from her daughter.

But Benedick insists on being grim, and stalks off after insulting Claudio unmistakably and formally leaving the service of Don Pedro.

But Carcer was just waiting there, insulting the world by his existence.

This good, omniscient understanding told him also that he was again confronting a mystery whose proper interpretation was important for his life, that this slut or demimondaine, this scent of elegance, seduction, and sex, was by no means repugnant and insulting to him.

Walter in this guise, so had used one of the oldest tricks in the book: calling his insulting greeting to every Druze militiaman he found.

Slowly it floats more and more away, the water round it torn and splashed by the insatiate sharks, and the air above vexed with rapacious flights of screaming fowls, whose beaks are like so many insulting poniards in the whale.

France again and Fluellen has yet to pay back Pistol for his insulting remark about the leeks on the night before Agincourt.

Yet the temper of the Barbarians, and the experience of successive emigrations, sufficiently declare, that the Huns, who were oppressed by the arms of the Geougen, soon withdrew from the presence of an insulting victor.

Jones instantly interposed on behalf of the suffering party, and pinned the insulting conqueror up to the wall: for the puppet-show man was no more able to contend with Jones, than the poor party-coloured jester had been to contend with this puppet-man.

Shake their gray hairs in the insulting wind, And follow in the dance, with limbs decayed, Seeking to reach the light which leaves them still Farther behind and deeper in the shade.

He was supercharged with violence, like a high-tension power line, and if we cut through his insulation, either by insulting him or talking back or giving the slightest indication that we thought ourselves superior to him, he would deliver a megavolt assault that we would never forget.

I stepped forward to greet him, but as soon as he saw me he seemed horrified and bid me be gone forthwith, giving me idle and insulting reasons for his behaviour.