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[in-suh-luh ns] /ˈɪn sə ləns/
contemptuously rude or impertinent behavior or speech.
the quality or condition of being insolent.
Origin of insolence
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin insolentia. See insolent, -ence
Related forms
overinsolence, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But it seemed to him she had behaved with a pride that bordered on insolence.

  • "Good-night," he said, with an insolence far too fine for the butcher's comprehension.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • It will be easy for me to make you repent any insolence to me or my friend.

    The Treasure of Pearls Gustave Aimard
  • I remained there, amazed and confused by the insolence of this ignoble brute.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Notwithstanding the insolence and the ignorance of the Duchess of Winstoun, he was well received by both mother and daughter.

    Godolphin, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • As they approached the town, the demonstrations of insolence were redoubled.

  • The cruelty and insolence of his brother Ode, whom he had trusted so much more than he deserved, had passed all bounds.

    William the Conqueror Edward Augustus Freeman
  • The Floches, on their side, naturally have the insolence of those who triumph.

  • They faced the pirates, the foreign fishers, the would-be settlers, and the natural hardships with equal fortitude and insolence.

    Brothers of Peril Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • "No less than does your insolence dumfound me," she retorted, with crimson cheeks.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
Word Origin and History for insolence

late 14c., from Latin insolentia "unusualness, haughtiness, arrogance," from insolentem (see insolent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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