1. Deviating from that which is customary; novel; strange; unusual. [Obs.]
If one chance to derive any word from the Latin which is insolent to their ears . . . they forthwith make a jest at it. --Pettie.
If any should accuse me of being new or insolent. --Milton.
2. Haughty and contemptuous or brutal in behavior or language; overbearing; domineering; grossly rude or disrespectful; saucy; as, an insolent master; an insolent servant. “A paltry, insolent fellow.”
Insolent is he that despiseth in his judgment all other folks as in regard of his value, of his cunning, of his speaking, and of his bearing. --Chaucer.
Can you not see? or will ye not observe . . .
How insolent of late he is become,
How proud, how peremptory? --Shak.
3. Proceeding from or characterized by insolence; insulting; as, insolent words or behavior.
Their insolent triumph excited . . . indignation. --Macaulay.
Syn: -- Overbearing; insulting; abusive; offensive; saucy; impudent; audacious; pert; impertinent; rude; reproachful; opprobrious.
Usage: -- Insolent, Insulting. Insolent, in its primitive sense, simply denoted unusual; and to act insolently was to act in violation of the established rules of social intercourse. He who did this was insolent; and thus the word became one of the most offensive in our language, indicating gross disregard for the feelings of others. Insulting denotes a personal attack, either in words or actions, indicative either of scorn or triumph. Compare Impertinent, Affront, Impudence.
adj 1: marked by casual disrespect; "a flip answer to serious
question"; "the student was kept in for impudent
behavior" [syn: impudent, snotty-nosed, flip]
2: unrestrained by convention or propriety; "an audacious trick
to pull"; "a barefaced hypocrite"; "the most bodacious
display of tourism this side of Anaheim"- Los Angeles
Times; "bold-faced lies"; "brazen arrogance"; "the modern
world with its quick material successes and insolent
belief in the boundless possibilities of progress"-
Bertrand Russell [syn: audacious, barefaced, bodacious,
bold-faced, brassy, brazen, brazen-faced]