[syn: audacious, barefaced, bodacious, bald-faced, brassy, brazen, brazen-faced, insolent]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Insolent \In"so*lent\, a. [F. insolent, L. insolens, -entis,
pref. in- not + solens accustomed, p. pr. of solere to be
1. Deviating from that which is customary; novel; strange;
If one chance to derive any word from the Latin
which is insolent to their ears . . . they forthwith
make a jest at it. --Pettie.
If any should accuse me of being new or insolent.
2. Haughty and contemptuous or brutal in behavior or
language; overbearing; domineering; grossly rude or
disrespectful; saucy; as, an insolent master; an insolent
servant. "A paltry, insolent fellow." --Shak.
Insolent is he that despiseth in his judgment all
other folks as in regard of his value, of his
cunning, of his speaking, and of his bearing.
Can you not see? or will ye not observe . . .
How insolent of late he is become,
How proud, how peremptory? --Shak.
3. Proceeding from or characterized by insolence; insulting;
as, insolent words or behavior.
Their insolent triumph excited . . . indignation.
Syn: Overbearing; insulting; abusive; offensive; saucy;
impudent; audacious; pert; impertinent; rude;
Usage: Insolent, Insulting. Insolent, in its primitive
sense, simply denoted unusual; and to act insolently
was to act in violation of the established rules of
social intercourse. He who did this was insolent; and
thus the word became one of the most offensive in our
language, indicating gross disregard for the feelings
of others. Insulting denotes a personal attack, either
in words or actions, indicative either of scorn or
triumph. Compare Impertinent, Affront,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
114 Moby Thesaurus words for "insolent":
abusive, arrogant, assuming, atrocious, audacious, aweless,
backhand, backhanded, bold, brash, brassy, brazen, brazenfaced,
bumptious, callous, calumnious, cavalier, challenging, cheeky,
cocky, cold, contemptuous, contumelious, cool, crude, daring,
defiant, defying, degrading, derisive, dictatorial, discourteous,
disdainful, disparaging, disregardful, disrespectful, familiar,
forward, fresh, greatly daring, hard, hardened, haughty,
high-and-mighty, hubristic, humiliating, impenitent, imperative,
impertinent, impolite, improvident, imprudent, impudent, inaffable,
incautious, indiscreet, injudicious, insubordinate, insulting,
irreverent, left-handed, lofty, magisterial, obdurate, obtrusive,
offensive, outrageous, overbearing, overbold, overcareless,
overconfident, overpresumptuous, oversure, overweening, peremptory,
pert, presuming, presumptuous, procacious, pushy, rash,
regardless of consequences, ridiculing, rude, saucy, scurrile,
scurrilous, self-appointed, self-elect, supercilious, superior,
temerarious, unabject, unaccommodating, unchary, uncivil,
uncomplaisant, uncontrite, uncourteous, uncourtly, ungallant,
ungracious, unmelted, unpolite, unrepentant, unrepenting,
unsoftened, unspeakable, untouched, unwary, uppish, uppity, wise,