insolent

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From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin insolens(unaccustomed, unwanted, unusual, immoderate, excessive, arrogant, insolent), from in-(priv.) + solens, present participle of solere(to be accustomed, to be wont).

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insolent ‎(comparative more insolent, superlative most insolent)

  1. Insulting in manner or words.
  2. Rude.
    • 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter VI”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      “I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, the gorged dowagers, [] the chlorotic squatters on huge yachts, the speed-mad fugitives from the furies of ennui, the neurotic victims of mental cirrhosus, []!”
  3. Cheeky.

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insolent ‎(plural insolents)

  1. A person who is insolent.
    • 2010, Louisa Shea, The Cynic Enlightenment: Diogenes in the Salon (page 7)
      Diogenes Laertius reports that Diogenes was apt to take the identification with the dog at face value, as when he lifted his leg and relieved himself on a group of young insolents who teased him with a dog's bone []

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insolent m ‎(feminine singular insolente, masculine plural insolents, feminine plural insolentes)

  1. insolent

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