Insolent

In"so*lent

(?), a. [F. insolent, L. insolens, -entis, pref. in- not + solens accustomed, p. pr. of solere to be accustomed.]
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1. Deviating from that which is customary; novel; strange; unusual. [Obs.]
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If one chance to derive any word from the Latin which is insolent to their ears . . . they forthwith make a jest at it.
Pettie.
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If any should accuse me of being new or insolent.
Milton.
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2. Haughty and contemptuous or brutal in behavior or language; overbearing; domineering; grossly rude or disrespectful; saucy; as, an insolent master; an insolent servant. "A paltry, insolent fellow." Shak.
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Insolent is he that despiseth in his judgment all other folks as in regard of his value, of his cunning, of his speaking, and of his bearing.
Chaucer.
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Can you not see? or will ye not observe . . .
How insolent of late he is become,
How proud, how peremptory?
Shak.
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3. Proceeding from or characterized by insolence; insulting; as, insolent words or behavior.
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Their insolent triumph excited . . . indignation.
Macaulay.

Syn. -- Overbearing; insulting; abusive; offensive; saucy; impudent; audacious; pert; impertinent; rude; reproachful; opprobrious. -- Insolent, Insulting. Insolent, in its primitive sense, simply denoted unusual; and to act insolently was to act in violation of the established rules of social intercourse. He who did this was insolent; and thus the word became one of the most offensive in our language, indicating gross disregard for the feelings of others. Insulting denotes a personal attack, either in words or actions, indicative either of scorn or triumph. Compare Impertinent, Affront, Impudence.
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