Barbie is an unrealistic, unhealthy, insulting representation of female appearance.
Taken out of context, the statement offended small-business owners everywhere—many calling it “insulting” and “rude.”
But Crystal sees through the ruse, and gives Julian a thorough dressing-down, insulting the size of his manhood.
Kashgari caused a firestorm recently for tweets that religious scholars have decried as insulting to the Prophet Muhammad.
I asked, referring to the former editor of Newsweek Arabic who was imprisoned for insulting the Kuwaiti emir on his blog.
Pray, sir, what proof can you bring of your insulting accusations?
But she was aware that she had misbehaved herself in insulting him.
Several times he had dropped asleep and been awakened (although he was not on the street) by the police with insulting inquiries.
He didn't mean to harm me; but he was impudent and insulting.
Such emergency measures are very different from the habitual use of insulting drugs.
1560s, "triumph over in an arrogant way," from Middle French insulter (14c.) and directly from Latin insultare "to assail, to leap upon" (already used by Cicero in sense of "insult, scoff at, revile"), frequentative of insilire "leap at or upon," from in- "on, at" (see in- (2)) + salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). Sense of "to verbally abuse, affront, assail with disrespect" is from 1610s. Related: Insulted; insulting.
c.1600 in the sense of "attack;" 1670s as "an act of insulting," from Middle French insult (14c.) or directly from Late Latin insultus, from insilire (see insult (v.)). To add insult to injury translates Latin injuriae contumeliam addere.
insult in·sult (ĭn'sŭlt')
A bodily injury, irritation, or trauma.