Insolent

Definition of Insolent

In´so`lent
a.1.
1.Deviating from that which is customary; novel; strange; unusual.
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.
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.

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