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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: insulter, from Latin insultare 'to jump on, insult', from saltare 'to jump'

insult

1 verb
     
in‧sult1 [transitive]
1 to offend someone by saying or doing something they think is rude:
Nobody insults my family and gets away with it!
I hope Andy won't be insulted if I don't come.
insult somebody by doing something
They insult us by ignoring our complaints.
2

insult somebody's intelligence

to say or do something that suggests you think someone is stupid:
I won't insult your intelligence by lying. Yes, I told him.

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