Definition of insolent in English:


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  • Showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect.

    ‘she hated the insolent tone of his voice’
    • ‘Has any country ever had a more arrogant, insolent, contemptuous leader than we have?’
    • ‘The very stylish decor and layout could unfortunately not make up for the very expensive bar prices and the rude and insolent staff.’
    • ‘The most careless and trivial movements were capable of transmitting the rudest and most insolent messages.’
    • ‘Gossips themselves are classified with people who are slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful.’
    • ‘Ours must be that first painful step of open and courageous defiance against an arrogant and insolent tyranny.’
    • ‘This shows how Kate has a mistaken identity because she appears rude and insolent.’
    • ‘One should not be arrogant or insolent but rather be kind, considerate and courteous towards them.’
    • ‘Why does she treat me like I am a spoilt child who is rude and insolent even when I am quite clearly not?’
    • ‘I did this deliberately because I have two stepdaughters who treat me in a very insolent manner and will inherit from their mother.’
    • ‘He went out of his way to be just as impolite and insolent as he could be.’
    • ‘There was a slightly insolent tone to his voice, as if he wasn't used to actually being ordered around.’
    • ‘It can only suffer economic loss which cannot be aggravated by the insulting or insolent behaviour of the defendant.’
    • ‘I keep this in mind when I tell the hotel people how insolent and useless and above all stupid they are for giving me such a stupid and smelly room.’
    • ‘There is no privilege here, no escape from the insolent booth attendants, the ceaseless demands of the homeless, and the pungent overcrowding.’
    • ‘Indifferent, insolent, squally weather put a bit of a damper on the festive and cultural activities over the bank holiday weekend.’
    • ‘Beware of an insolent person who is destructive and selfish.’
    • ‘But in the Sixties, as some of us know, wearing modish flat shoes could be as much an act of insolent opposition as a fashion statement.’
    • ‘Rampant fanaticism and tawdry, insolent antics only hurt the feminist cause.’
    • ‘A few dozen insolent soldiers were watching every move he made today and he had gotten painful lessons earlier that morning.’
    • ‘Only very insolent children can breach such a contract.’
    impertinent, impudent, cheeky, ill-mannered, bad mannered, unmannerly, rude, impolite, uncivil, lacking civility, discourteous, disrespectful, insubordinate, contemptuous, presumptuous
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/ˈinsələnt/ /ˈɪnsələnt/


Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘extravagant, going beyond acceptable limits’): from Latin insolent- ‘immoderate, unaccustomed, arrogant’, from in- ‘not’ + solent- ‘being accustomed’ (from the verb solere).