Definition of insulting in English:



  • Disrespectful or scornfully abusive.

    ‘insulting remarks’
    ‘their language is insulting to women’
    • ‘Whoever came up with the idea to push an insulting ad like that on the population should be fired.’
    • ‘His words are destructive and made even more insulting because he does not even realise the effect they have.’
    • ‘I have heard the shouted threats and demands and have witnessed some of the insulting, demeaning ways staff are treated.’
    • ‘Not only was he rude for declining the invitation, but his reason for declining was insulting to the host.’
    • ‘When I attempt to engage in debate about their views they become loud and insulting.’
    • ‘This insulting decision speaks volumes about the direction sports is headed.’
    • ‘Diana also believed her salary to be virtually insulting.’
    • ‘The insulting character of the criticism, however, prevented some from delving more deeply into the controversy.’
    • ‘I thought this rather sweet, but highly insulting to her memory.’
    • ‘I know that men with literary reputations to polish might find it insulting.’
    • ‘Calling everything junk is tedious and perhaps slightly insulting to the gatherer.’
    • ‘His response could scarcely be any more insulting to the intelligence of every reader.’
    • ‘Even more insulting, some critics said, was the fact that the conventions were being relegated to cable news networks.’
    • ‘If it makes you feel good to write an insulting letter, go ahead.’
    • ‘He said the name never has been, nor is it intended to be insulting to anyone.’
    • ‘It should be based upon evaluating whether the events presented in the book are accurate and whether insulting language was used.’
    • ‘It should be borne in mind that words or behaviour may be annoying or rude without being necessarily abusive or insulting.’
    • ‘Bobby and Tina began exchanging insulting, sarcastic remarks.’
    • ‘I think that these reasons are down right insulting.’
    • ‘They are insulting to the thousands of parents who have entrusted their children to this school system.’