giving or causing insult; characterized by affronting rudeness, insolence, etc.

1585–95; insult + -ing2

insultingly, adverb
uninsulting, adjective

rude, discourteous, abusive, derogatory, offensive, nasty.
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c.1570, "triumph over in an arrogant way," from L. insultare "to assail, to leap upon" (already used by Cicero in sense of "insult, scoff at, revile"), freq. of insilire "leap at or upon," from in- "on, at" + salire "to leap" (see salient). Sense of "to verbally abuse, affront,
assail with disrespect" is from 1620. The noun is recorded 1603 in the sense of "attack;" 1671 as "an act of insulting." To add insult to injury translates L. injuriæ contumeliam addere.
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insult in·sult (ĭn'sŭlt')
A bodily injury, irritation, or trauma.

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