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Showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect:‘she hated the insolent tone of his voice’
impertinent, impudent, cheeky, ill-mannered, bad mannered, unmannerly, rude, impolite, uncivil, lacking civility, discourteous, disrespectful, insubordinate, contemptuous, presumptuousaudacious, bold, brazen, brash, pert, forwardinsulting, abusive, offensivefresh, flip, cocky, lippysaucysassy, nervycontumelious, malapertmannerlessView synonyms
- ‘He went out of his way to be just as impolite and insolent as he could be.’
- ‘This shows how Kate has a mistaken identity because she appears rude and insolent.’
- ‘Ours must be that first painful step of open and courageous defiance against an arrogant and insolent tyranny.’
- ‘One should not be arrogant or insolent but rather be kind, considerate and courteous towards them.’
- ‘I keep this in mind when I tell the hotel people how insolent and useless and above all stupid they are for giving me such a stupid and smelly room.’
- ‘The most careless and trivial movements were capable of transmitting the rudest and most insolent messages.’
- ‘It can only suffer economic loss which cannot be aggravated by the insulting or insolent behaviour of the defendant.’
- ‘Gossips themselves are classified with people who are slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful.’
- ‘Indifferent, insolent, squally weather put a bit of a damper on the festive and cultural activities over the bank holiday weekend.’
- ‘I did this deliberately because I have two stepdaughters who treat me in a very insolent manner and will inherit from their mother.’
- ‘Why does she treat me like I am a spoilt child who is rude and insolent even when I am quite clearly not?’
- ‘There is no privilege here, no escape from the insolent booth attendants, the ceaseless demands of the homeless, and the pungent overcrowding.’
- ‘But in the Sixties, as some of us know, wearing modish flat shoes could be as much an act of insolent opposition as a fashion statement.’
- ‘Only very insolent children can breach such a contract.’
- ‘A few dozen insolent soldiers were watching every move he made today and he had gotten painful lessons earlier that morning.’
- ‘Beware of an insolent person who is destructive and selfish.’
- ‘The very stylish decor and layout could unfortunately not make up for the very expensive bar prices and the rude and insolent staff.’
- ‘Has any country ever had a more arrogant, insolent, contemptuous leader than we have?’
- ‘Rampant fanaticism and tawdry, insolent antics only hurt the feminist cause.’
- ‘There was a slightly insolent tone to his voice, as if he wasn't used to actually being ordered around.’
Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘extravagant, going beyond acceptable limits’): from Latin insolent- immoderate, unaccustomed, arrogant, from in- not + solent- being accustomed (from the verb solere).
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