"Anything that causes offence/offense by being of an unacceptable quality.
- The way the orchestra performed tonight was an insult to my ears. "
lol. i think this article got it all wrong. an insult is not necessarily something rude, but is something that belittles something of value to another. w:user:lygophile 18:54, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
Medical "insult" isn't here. Not being in medicine myself, I won't try to offer an explanation, but it refers to injury. 188.8.131.52 13:23, 31 January 2008 (UTC)
To say something bad about someone?
I was thinking of that sense, as in "Never, insult, my family members, in front of me" even though they aren't around (and I'm not talking about my family, though; it could be about someone's family). Here's another from the Harry Potter books/movies: "Never - insult - Albus Dumbledore - in front of me." What sense would that be? --Lo Ximiendo (talk) 18:09, 10 December 2012 (UTC)
Request for Shakespeare
I don't know how to edit Wiktionary, or I'd put these quotations in myself, but I saw the request for Shakespeare, and used OpenSourceShakespeare.org to find these:
- So looks the pent-up lion o'er the wretch
- That trembles under his devouring paws;
- And so he walks, insulting o'er his prey,
- And so he comes, to rend his limbs asunder.
- —Henry VI, Part III, 1.3.389–92
- Give me thy knife, I will insult on him;
- Flattering myself, as if it were the Moor
- Come hither purposely to poison me.
- —Titus Andronicus, 3.2.1518–20