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From Middle French insolence, from Latin īnsolentia


  • IPA(key): /ˈɪn.sə.ləns/
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insolence (countable and uncountable, plural insolences)

  1. Arrogant conduct; insulting, bold behaviour or attitude.
    • c. 1908–52, W.D. Ross, transl., The Works of Aristotle, Oxford: Clarendon Press, translation of Rhetoric, II.1389b11, by Aristotle, →OCLC, page 636:
      They are fond of fun and therefore witty, wit being well-bred insolence.
    • 1815 December (indicated as 1816), [Jane Austen], chapter 14, in Emma: [], volume III, London: [] [Charles Roworth and James Moyes] for John Murray, OCLC 1708336:
      all the insolence of imaginary superiority
    • 1837, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Ethel Churchill, volume 2, page 133:
      There she was, doing rude things, and saying ruder, which every body bore with the best grace in the world: then, as now, it was perfectly astonishing what people in general will submit to in the way of insolence, provided the said insolence be attended by rank and riches.
  2. Insolent conduct or treatment; insult.
    • 1652, Thomas Fuller, The Holy State, and the Profane State[1], page 442:
      Two heavy iron chains were put about his neck, (in metal and weight different from them he bore before!) and, loaded with fetters and insolences from the soldiers, (who in such ware seldom give scant measure,) he was brought into the presence of Isaacius.
  3. (obsolete) The quality of being unusual or novel.

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insolence (third-person singular simple present insolences, present participle insolencing, simple past and past participle insolenced)

  1. (obsolete) To insult.




From Latin īnsolentia.



insolence f (plural insolences)

  1. insolence

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