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in·so·lent

insolent

 
pronunciation:
In s lnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition: rude, arrogant, or offensively forward in speech or manner.
She wanted to slap him for making such insolent comments.
synonyms:
brash, cheeky, discourteous, disrespectful, forward, fresh, impolite, impudent, presumptuous, rude, sassy, uncivil, unmannerly
antonyms:
deferential, polite
similar words:
arrogant, audacious, bold, brazen, flip, pert, saucy
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adverb + (adj.)insolent both, quite, tauntingly
(adj.)insolent + noun answer, attack, bastard, beefcake, boy, brat, clerk, creature, depot, desk, driver, expression, face, grin, look, manner, media, pose, roll, silence, smile, style, subtitle, swine, tone, wretch  [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivation: insolently (adv.)
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The word insolent contains the following part:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.