Definition of insolence in English:



  • Rude and disrespectful behavior.

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