insult meaning, insult definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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     ( insults    plural & 3rd person present)   ( insulting    present participle)   ( insulted    past tense & past participle  )
The verb is pronounced ɪns^lt. The noun is pronounced ɪns^lt.     
1       verb   If someone insults you, they say or do something that is rude or offensive.  
I did not mean to insult you...      V n  
  insulted      adj   usu v-link ADJ  
I would be a bit insulted if he said anything like that.     
2       n-count   An insult is a rude remark, or something a person says or does which insults you.  
oft N to n  
Their behaviour was an insult to the people they represent...     
3    You say to add insult to injury when mentioning an action or fact that makes an unfair or unacceptable situation even worse.  
add insult to injury      phrase   V inflects, PHR with cl  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


      n   abuse, affront, aspersion, contumely, indignity, insolence, offence, outrage, put-down, rudeness, slap in the face     (informal)   slight, snub  
      vb   abuse, affront, call names, give offence to, injure, miscall     (dialect)   offend, outrage, put down, revile, slag (off)     (slang)   slander, slight, snub  
,       n   compliment, flattery, honour  
      vb   flatter, please, praise  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

add insult to injury id.
to further a loss/slight with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation
Ex: She was told she was too old for the job and, to add insult to injury, she was suggested to think about retiring

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