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insulting

[ in-suhl-ting ]SEE DEFINITION OF insulting

Synonyms for insulting

  • biting
  • degrading
  • derogatory
  • disparaging
  • disrespectful
  • hurtful
  • offensive
  • repulsive
  • rude
  • ridiculing
  • slighting
  • discourteous
  • insolent
  • uncivil
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Antonyms for insulting

  • complimentary
  • kind
  • mannerly
  • nice
  • pleasing
  • respectful
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INSULTING

But it is offensive to man, insulting to the atmosphere, and destructive of him who uses it.

Perfect silence on his deck; a loud and insulting shout from the enemy!

He was smiling in an embarrassed way, as though he had made some insulting proposal.

Everybody is abusing him now, and railing at him and insulting him.

You inveigled me into this for the sole purpose of insulting me.

A burst of laughter, insulting to the last degree, stopped me in my speech.

Hemsworth, you have often told me, has been the insulting enemy of your family.

You could not tell what there was behind that insulting ferocity.

A word, insulting and mocking, came back, thrown at them through the darkness.

"I have no objection; say so, if you like," said he, with an insulting indifference.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600 in the sense of "attack;" 1670s as "an act of insulting," from Middle French insult (14c.) or directly from Late Latin insultus, from insilire (see insult (v.)). To add insult to injury translates Latin injuriae contumeliam addere.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR INSULTING

abusive

adjectiveexhibiting unkind behavior or words
  • calumniating
  • castigating
  • censorious
  • contumelious
  • defamatory
  • derisive
  • disparaging
  • insolent
  • insulting
  • invective
  • libelous
  • maligning
  • obloquious
  • offensive
  • opprobrious
  • reproachful
  • reviling
  • rude
  • sarcastic
  • scathing
  • scolding
  • scurrilous
  • sharp-tongued
  • slanderous
  • traducing
  • upbraiding
  • vilifying
  • vituperative
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