• IPA: /ˈɪnsələns/


  1. Arrogant conduct; insulting, bold behaviour or attitude.
    • c. 1908–52, W.D. Ross, transl., The Works of Aristotle, Oxford: Clarendon Press, translation of Rhetoric, II.1389b11, by Aristotle, OCLC 369755, page 636:
      They are fond of fun and therefore witty, wit being well-bred insolence.
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, Volume III, Chapter 14:
      all the insolence of imaginary superiority
  2. Insolent conduct or treatment; insult.
  3. (obsolete) The quality of being unusual or novel.
    • 1595, Edmund Spenser, Colin Clouts Come Home Againe:
      Her great excellence / Lifts me above the measure of my might / That being fild with furious insolence / I feele my selfe like one yrapt in spright.
Translations Verb

insolence (insolences, present participle insolencing; past and past participle insolenced)

  1. (obsolete) To insult.

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