insolence

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French insolence, from Latin īnsolentia

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɪnsələns/
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Noun[edit]

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, Jane Austen, Emma, Volume III, Chapter 14:
      all the insolence of imaginary superiority
  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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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (obsolete) To insult.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin īnsolentia.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

insolence f (plural insolences)

  1. insolence

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