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insolent

[in-suh-luh nt] /ˈɪn sə lənt/
adjective
1.
boldly rude or disrespectful; contemptuously impertinent; insulting:
an insolent reply.
noun
2.
an insolent person.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin insolent- (stem of insolēns) departing from custom, equivalent to in- in-3 + sol- (stem of solēre to be accustomed) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
insolently, adverb
overinsolent, adjective
overinsolently, adverb
Synonyms
1. brazen; contemptuous. See impertinent.
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British Dictionary definitions for overinsolent

insolent

/ˈɪnsələnt/
adjective
1.
offensive, impudent, or disrespectful
Derived Forms
insolence, noun
insolently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin insolens, from in-1 + solēre to be accustomed
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Word Origin and History for overinsolent

insolent

adj.

late 14c., "contemptuous, arrogant, haughty," from Latin insolentem (nominative insolens) "arrogant, immoderate," literally "unusual," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + solentem, present participle of solere "be accustomed," which possibly is related to sodalis "close companion," and to suescere "become used to." Meaning "contemptuous of rightful authority" is from 1670s. Related: Insolently.

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