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And while he has any, can we be easy or free from his insults?

But they all see, they say, that there is but one way to put an end to his insults.

There had been trouble there, and tourists had complained of insults.

How there were more years; more impertinences, ignorances, and insults.

Never, if Saint Antoine knew his own sufferings, insults, and wrongs!

The Princess Helena met these insults with a calm, proud indifference.

To the King he sent a letter full of provocations and insults.

I say nothing of the jugsful of insults that are showered upon one.

Lantier chose his insults carefully, but they often hurt her even more.

These Rougons pour all sorts of insults and abuse on the good woman.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, "triumph over in an arrogant way," from Middle French insulter (14c.) and directly from Latin insultare "to assail, to leap upon" (already used by Cicero in sense of "insult, scoff at, revile"), frequentative of insilire "leap at or upon," from in- "on, at" (see in- (2)) + salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). Sense of "to verbally abuse, affront, assail with disrespect" is from 1610s. Related: Insulted; insulting.

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