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[mass noun] Rude and disrespectful behaviour:‘she was sacked for insolence’
impertinence, impudence, cheek, cheekiness, bad manners, ill-manneredness, unmannerliness, rudeness, impoliteness, incivility, lack of civility, discourtesy, discourteousness, disrespect, insubordination, contemptaudacity, boldness, brazenness, brashness, pertness, forwardness, effrontery, gall, presumptuousness, presumptioninsults, abuse, offensivenessbrass, brass neck, neck, face, front, cockiness, freshness, backchat, bad-mouthingsaucesnashchutzpah, sass, sassiness, nervinesshide, crustcontumely, malapertnessView synonyms
- ‘Perhaps it was a case of German insolence, a deliberate offense to Roman dignity.’
- ‘They helped us understand what we were up against: the proud man's contumely, the insolence of office.’
- ‘Where do they get the authority and encouragement to practise their childish, schoolyard insolence and contempt of our leaders?’
- ‘They no longer protect competitive wages and fair working environments - they inflate wages and protect the insolence and stupidity of their members.’
- ‘For sheer insolence and contempt for the electorate, her statement is hard to beat.’
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