• Adding Insult to Injury
    Adding Insult to Injury
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv insultingly in an unfair and insulting manner "this internationally known writer was foully condemned by the Muslim fundamentalists"
    • adv insultingly in a disrespectful and insulting manner "he behaves insultingly toward his parents"
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Insult Added to Injury Insult Added to Injury

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Scotland, Irn-Bru is a soft drink that is more popular than Coca-Cola. When McDonalds opened in Glasgow and did not sell Irn-Bru, it was considered an insult, and the restaurant was subsequently boycotted.
    • insultingly In an insulting manner; with insolent contempt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The table fork was introduced into England in 1601. Until then people would eat with their knives, spoons or fingers. When Queen Elizabeth first used a fork, the clergy went ballistic. They felt it was an insult to God not to touch meat with one's fingers.
    • adv Insultingly in an insulting or insolent manner
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  • Louis Nizer
    Louis Nizer
    “A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.”
  • Proverb
    “Even rabbits insult an dead lion.”
  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “He who puts up with insult invites injury.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.”
  • Captain J. G. Stedman
    Captain J. G. Stedman
    “Old England liberty -- to be robbed by the Ministry, and insulted by the populace without redress.”
  • Dilys Laing
    Dilys Laing
    “Women receive he insults of men with tolerance, having been bitten in the nipple by their toothless gums.”


Add insult to injury - When people add insult to injury, they make a bad situation even worse.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. insultāreinsilīre, to spring at—in, upon, salīre, to leap.


In literature:

He took occasion to insult me (I cannot with propriety repeat his speech), and he flung a bottle after me as I passed out the door.
"Richard Carvel, Complete" by Winston Churchill
I tried to insult you, I did insult you.
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Let those who will accept such insults.
"In The Fire Of The Forge, Complete" by Georg Ebers
If I did not feel very sorry for such a charming creature, I would laugh at the insult and go my way.
"Barbara Blomberg, Complete" by Georg Ebers
They called her again, this time with a yell and an insulting epithet.
"The Social Cancer" by José Rizal
I came determined to insult you, and to make myself the object of your hate.
"Love and Intrigue A Play" by Friedrich Schiller
That was an insult to Corneille, M. Dumas; that is why the Rouenese are down on you, and will be for a long time.
"The Companions of Jehu" by Alexandre Dumas, père
But she might, perhaps, cause annoyance by a letter, and could, at any rate, return insult for insult.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
But Barnes Newcome would provoke the patience of Job; and I couldn't bear to have my father insulted.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Down the street he hurried and down the street followed the insulted fair.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

In poetry:

For why? I've often suffer'd blame
For thee, and been o'erwhelm'd with shame,
And often been oblig'd to take
A thousand insults for thy sake.
"Part Of The Sixty-Ninth Psalm" by Rees Prichard
They take our wives, insult and mock,
And sell our children on the block,
Then choke us if we say a word,
And say that "niggers" shan't be heard.
"A Song For Freedom" by Anonymous Americas
"Oh! Lord de Vere, what word or deed
Gave warrant for a wrong like this?
Name one: I'll hold this insult light,
And scorn myself to give you right."
"Percy Vere, The Peer's Story - Part I - My Home" by Ernest Jones
V was a vagabond Vulture
Who said: "I don't want to insult yer,
But when you intrude
Where in lone solitude
I'm a-preyin', you're no man o' culture!"
"Billy's Alphabetical Animal Show" by James Whitcomb Riley
Yea, and we serve this Insult to our God!
Gnawing our crusts, we render Caesar toll!
We labor with the back beneath his rod,
His shackles on the soul!
"The Red Winds Come!" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
Shall we/they submit? Are we/they but slaves?
Love comes alike to high and low—
Britannia's sailors rule the waves,
And shall they stoop to insult? No!
"HMS Pinafore: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

This spring's advertiser boycott of Rush Limbaugh over his insulting description of a female college student cost Cumulus Media "a couple of million dollars," Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey says.
CURMUDGEON 'S CORNER: Political ads aren't just silly, they're insulting (OPINION).
Some of them are silly while others are insults to the intelligence of voters.
Oscar de la Renta hit back at New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn's review after what he thought was an insult to his spring/summer 2013 collection at New York Fashion Week.
Suspected hardline Israelis scrawled pro-settler graffiti and religious insults on a monastery just outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, police said, in the latest of a series of attacks on non-Jewish sites.
Adel Imam, arguably Egypt and the Arab world's most famous comedic actor, had his conviction for 'insulting Islam' overturned today.
John Galliano , the ex-Christian Dior designer known for his over-the-top and theatrical runway collections, was found guilty Thursday of racism after he was accused of making anti-Semitic insults at a Paris bar last March.
"A TV ad hammers Flinn for broadcasting music that 'promotes gang violence, drug abuse, and insults women,' while a companion mailer accuses him of bringing 'filthy gangster rap into our district,'" writes Isenstadt.
Mitt Romney insulted so many Americans in so many ways in the recently released video of his performance at a private fundraiser event that it's hard to keep count.
Italy's billionaire prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been caught insulting Italy as "this shitty country" in a telephone intercept.
Should an ad that could insult Muslims be permitted in the NYC subway system .
They insult us by their very existence.
Now, it's not earth-shaking news that legislators like to insult each other.
The tax-exempt credit unions insult three million taxpaying Subchapter S small businesses by wrongfully suggesting they do not pay taxes.
When you see real Tiffany glass for the first time, every discount store or restaurant chain knock-off tiffany lamp becomes an insult.

In science:

As for the half-filled Kondo lattice model on the honeycomb lattice, since the density of state of the quasiparticles also has the pseudo-gap behavior, there is a critical Kondo coupling to form the Kondo insulting state as studied in Sec. 3.
Half-filled Kondo lattice on the honeycomb lattice
Increase in BBB permeability is associated with severe ischemic damage, occurring with some delay after the initial insult.
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats
Repeated treatments with nimesulide for the first three days after ischemia afforded a more remarkable neuroprotection than the administration of a single dose given before the insult (Fig. 1).
Neuroprotective efficacy of nimesulide against hippocampal neuronal damage following transient forebrain ischemia
To add insult to injury, many of the new physics signals have significant backgrounds, and may require as many as 1000 events to be confirmed.
Physics Beyond the Standard Model
So do not try to enlighten him; he wil l only cry out that you insult his beliefs. “Historians copy from one another.
Algebra versus analysis in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory