insolent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj insolent unrestrained by convention or propriety "an audacious trick to pull","a barefaced hypocrite","the most bodacious display of tourism this side of Anaheim"- Los Angeles Times","bald-faced lies","brazen arrogance","the modern world with its quick material successes and insolent belief in the boundless possibilities of progress"- Bertrand Russell"
    • adj insolent marked by casual disrespect "a flip answer to serious question","the student was kept in for impudent behavior"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The English Romantic poet Lord Byron was so devastated upon the death of his beloved Newfoundland, whose name was Boatswain, that he had inscribed upon the dog's gravestone the following: "Beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices."
    • Insolent Deviating from that which is customary; novel; strange; unusual. "If one chance to derive any word from the Latin which is insolent to their ears . . . they forthwith make a jest at it.""If any should accuse me of being new or insolent ."
    • Insolent 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.""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?"
    • Insolent Proceeding from or characterized by insolence; insulting; as, insolent words or behavior. "Their insolent triumph excited . . . indignation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • insolent Unwonted; unusual; uncommon.
    • insolent Showing haughty disregard of others; overbearing; contemptuously impertinent.
    • insolent Proceeding from insolence; insulting; supercilious: as, insolent words or behavior.
    • insolent Producing the effect of insolence; excessive; unbearable.
    • insolent Unfrequented; lonely.
    • insolent Synonyms and Insolent, Insulting; abusive, impudent, contemptuous. Insolent is now chiefly used of language that is intentionally and grossly rude, defiant, or rebellious. Where it applies to conduct, the conduct includes language as the most offensive thing. Insulting is freely applicable to either words or deeds that are intended to lower a person's self-respect: as, an insulting gesture. Insolent generally implies pride, but insulting does not. A man may be insolent or insulting to his superior, his inferior, or his equal. See arrogance and affront, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Insolent in′so-lent overbearing: insulting: rude
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Quotations

  • John Milton
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    “And when night, darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.”
  • Lord Shaftesbury
    Lord Shaftesbury
    “True courage is cool and calm. The bravest of men have the least of a brutal, bullying insolence, and in the very time of danger are found the most serene and free.”
  • Junius
    Junius
    “It is the coward who fawns upon those above him. It is the coward who is insolent whenever he dares be so.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Patron: One who countenances, supports or protects. Commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is paid with flattery.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The stupidity of men always invites the insolence of power.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “Prosperity is the surest breeder of insolence I know.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. insolent, L. insolens, -entis, pref. in-, not + solens, accustomed, p. pr. of solere, to be accustomed
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. insolensin, not, solens, pa.p. of solēre, to be wont.

Usage

In literature:

An insolent smile crossed Krool's face.
"The Judgment House" by Gilbert Parker
And yet I fancy he could be insolent when he likes.
"In the Reign of Terror" by G. A. Henty
Hut-keeper clatters pots and pans, while yellow hair lies down whistling insolently.
"The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn" by Henry Kingsley
They shall pay dear for their insolence!
"File No. 113" by Emile Gaboriau
Lauzun replied insolently, and was sent for the first time to the Bastille.
"The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete" by Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
The majority were accordingly insolent enough; and if you could not avoid their insolence, you were forced to put up with it.
"The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete" by Duc de Saint-Simon
He sometimes behaved with a premeditated familiarity, and with an insolence provoking or defying resentment.
"Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete" by Lewis Goldsmith
But he would be correct, as she had so insolently asked him to be.
"Cosmopolis, Complete" by Paul Bourget
He felt a wild longing to chastise the insolent wretch.
"The Honor of the Name" by Emile Gaboriau
To-day I returned my visits to the Duke's daughters;(40) the insolent drabs came up to my very mouth to salute me.
"The Journal to Stella" by Jonathan Swift
Heriot was merely reported guilty of insolence.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
But you can see what her people had to complain of: his insolent contempt of them was unexampled.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
If you were your own friend, you would at once expel this insolent enemy from your coasts.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. VI (of VI), "Spanish Passions" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The bold and insolently beautiful face looked up at him with steady interest.
"When It Was Dark" by Guy Thorne
His overbearing insolence, 285.
"Atrocious Judges" by John Campbell, Baron Campbell
If Mrs. Nash was insolent, Mrs. Sykes was sly and fascinating.
"Fashion and Famine" by Ann S. Stephens
The fellow's insolent, and I saw him twice over clambering round the rocks and staring into the garden.
"The White Virgin" by George Manville Fenn
The man was intolerable, insolent, before the servants, too; but as he spoke she felt a sudden fear of him.
"Mammon and Co." by E. F. Benson
At that, Master Graograicus attempted to expel the insolent villain who cast a doubt upon his learning.
"Brother Jacques (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume XVII)" by Charles Paul de Kock
He gave me some trouble on the homeward voyage; drank, was insolent, and would shirk his duty when he could.
"Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
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In poetry:

"This is insolence to me,"
Said Proctor bitterly.
"But a paltry leader," said the brave red-skinned ally
"We stand in hopeless fray,
To meet defeat today;
A shadow falls around me, my fate is drawing nigh."
"Tecumthe" by Nora Pembroke
Above her, pearl and rose the heavens lay;
Around her, flowers scattered earth with gold,
Or down the path in insolence held sway--
Like cavaliers who ride the elves' highway--
Scarlet and blue, within a garden old.
"Rosemary" by Madison Julius Cawein
No more can we with steadfast eyes
Protest, when tortured races moan
With hands uplifted toward the skies;
Their tyrants answer with surprise
And new-born insolence of tone,--
"These are our lynchings; cure your own!"
"Fallen" by John Lawson Stoddard
True! power and pride and insolent thought,
Our trust in heaven severely try;
The wicked rule the world—and nought
Is left to virtue but—to die;
And sure, if God be strong and just,
It shall not perish in the dust.
"Winter: Friday Evening" by John Bowring
Yet, when the views of PHILP or WADE,
Within the Tory press displayed,
Assault mine eyes, I seem to see quite plain
That ugly spider, fat and squat,
Perched insolently on the pot;
I seem to hear again the weird refrain:-
"The Insect" by C J Dennis
Don't become annoyed, my dear Master,
If I revealed to you my feelings
For the Eastern man
Is not concerned with poetry or feelings
The Eastern man - and forgive my insolence - does not understand women
but over the sheets.
"A Letter From A Stupid Woman" by Nizar Qabbani

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I can't go along with my colleagues who regard Alexander Payne's entertaining but familiar comedy as one of 2004's best movies: it lacks the insolence of his Election and the freshness of his work with Kathy Bates in About Schmidt.
Should this fail to stop the squeak , then the likely cause is that the orthotic is too wide and one should narrow it to prevent it springing ( squeaking ) against the insole of the shoe.
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In science:

Consider again Fig. 12 showing (x, y)-sections with coexisting attracting trajectories in the case of the quasiperiodic insolation, and their basins of attraction for different values of t0 .
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
The emerging stability diagram consists of a large region of monostable synchronization mixed with smaller regions of multistable synchronization. A comparison with periodic forcing shows that the system finds it easier to synchronize to quasiperiodic insolation forcing.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
We also illustrated the difference between the evolving shape of the basins of attraction for periodic and quasiperiodic insolation forcing.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
In the case of the insolation forcing, we obtained an intricate pattern of basins of attraction that does not appear to repeat itself in time.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
Table 1: Coefficients for the insolation model described in Eq. (1) used for the incoming solar radiation anomaly at Summer Solstice and at 65◦N.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
Since the paleoclimatic system is driven by the insolation, one could also have synchronization and perhaps chaos – or at least some path on the routes leading to chaos; i.e.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
Let us for example come back to the Fig. 5(e), with the three attracting trajectories ATi (x, y, t ) due to the insolation forcing.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
Figure 17: Convergence of the two LCE’s of one of the two attracting trajectories of the system Eq. (4), subject to the insolation (Eq. (1)); some transient is skipped.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
Long-term variations of daily insolation and Quaternary climatic changes. J.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
Insolation changes, ice volumes, and the O18 record in deep-sea cores.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
Laskar et al., 2004] Laskar, J., Robutel, P., Joutel, F., Boudin, F., Gastineau, M., Correia, A. C. M., and Levrard, B. (2004). A long-term numerical solution for the insolation quantities of the Earth.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
The longitudedependent insolation pattern is calculated for a latitude of 30◦ , which corresponds approximately to the flux averaged over la titude, i.e. along a meridian (see details in Iro et al. (2005).
The impact of atmospheric circulation on the chemistry of the hot Jupiter HD 209458b
We adopt as initial condition a vertical temperature pro file computed at radiative equilibrium with a one dimensional radiativeconvective model under planet-averaged insolation conditions.
The impact of atmospheric circulation on the chemistry of the hot Jupiter HD 209458b
Notwithstanding, if the dynamical state of the Kepler 16b system is compatible with the survival of moons, then, with insolation values closer to those of present day Mars than those of Europa, astrobiologists may have cause to take note.
Kepler 16: A System of Potential Interest to Astrobiologists
The distance of the stars from their barycentre will be proportional to their relative masses. At mean separation, the K-star will lie 0.050 AU and the M-star (considered here to provide negligible insolation) around 0.17 AU from the barycentre.
Kepler 16: A System of Potential Interest to Astrobiologists
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