• WordNet 3.6
    • n insolence an offensive disrespectful impudent act
    • n insolence the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
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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."
    • Insolence Insolent conduct or treatment; insult. "Loaded with fetters and insolences from the soldiers."
    • Insolence The quality of being insolent; pride or haughtiness manifested in contemptuous and overbearing treatment of others; arrogant contempt; brutal impudence. "Flown with insolence and wine."
    • Insolence The quality of being unusual or novel.
    • v. t Insolence To insult.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n insolence The quality of being rare; unusualness.
    • n insolence Overbearing or defiant behavior; scornful or presumptuous treatment of others; insulting speech or conduct.
    • n insolence An insolent act; an instance of insolent treatment; an insult.
    • n insolence Synonyms Pride, Presumption, etc. (see arrogance); rudeness, abusive language or conduct, sneering.
    • insolence To treat with haughty contempt.
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  • John Milton
    “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
    “It is the coward who fawns upon those above him. It is the coward who is insolent whenever he dares be so.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Patron: One who countenances, supports or protects. Commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is paid with flattery.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The stupidity of men always invites the insolence of power.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Prosperity is the surest breeder of insolence I know.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. insolence, L. insolentia,. See Insolent


In literature:

Ian looked his nephew up and down with a cool kind of insolence as he passed, but did not make any salutation.
"The Trespasser, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Against my commands, his insolence has brought him here.
"The World For Sale, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
He thus hath rid us of a churlish man, Who insolently sought to lord it o'er us.
"The Maid of Orleans A Tragedy" by Friedrich Schiller
I wonder that you have the courage to be so insolent.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
She could be gracious, disdainful, insolent, or confiding at will.
"The Thirteen" by Honore de Balzac
The gods were menaced if man could be so insolent!
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Iris observed that act of insolence; her colour rose, her eyes glittered.
"Blind Love" by Wilkie Collins
Forgive my insolence yesterday; I was mad with envy of your happy marriage engagement.
"Heart and Science" by Wilkie Collins
But Buckingham's insolent assurance was proof against that peril.
"The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series" by Rafael Sabatini
They insisted on seeing an insolent design and deliberate intention to insult our whole society at once.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky

In poetry:

But at the end, be insolent;
Be absurd—strike the thing short off;
Be mad—only do not let talk
Wear the bloom from silence.
"Words For Departure" by Louise Bogan
Handsome still with hood and tonsure,
E'en as when the boy Pedrillo,
Insolent with youth and beauty,
Who reviled the gentle Rabbi.
"Fra Pedro" by Emma Lazarus
The curtains part, the trumpet blares,
And the eunuchs howl aloud;
And the gilt, swag-bellied idol glares
Insolent over the crowd.
"Rimmon" by Rudyard Kipling
It is that the spoon that you just laid down
And the cup that you hold
May be here shining and insolent
When you are still and cold.
"Things" by Aline Murray Kilmer
Puss with a ribbon met pussy with none.
Who stopped for a friendly chat;
But the ribboned Pussy said coldly "Begone,
You common, insolent cat!
"Social Inequality" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
And lovers, who have wandered through
The clover-purple evening’s peace,
Have seen, deep-breasted, insolent,
The mocking loveliness of Greece —
"Half Moon" by Robin Hyde

In news:

One is more negative — related to brazen, brassy, or insolent.
Insolent vaunt of Paracelsus, that he would restore the original rose or violet out of the ashes settling from its combustion.
Etcetera is an insole and accessory company started by legendary pro skater Ronnie Creager.
Courtesy of EtceteraThe Etcetera Lo Pro Primo insoles are designed for board feel and foot protection.
Stroke patients' walking improved with insoles.
' Tan and white with padded tops, the sneakers also come with a 'Star Wars' print removable insole.
Researchers studied two groups of patients who received the insoles and compared them with control groups of patients who did not have the insoles .
"NxtMile Sport Insoles ," an idea by Michael Miller for new sport shoe insoles designed specifically for young, pre-college athletes to reduce common injuries that take them out of playing the sports they love.
This summer, elaborately patterned insoles are giving slides and sandals an inside edge in design, producing striking visual effects on and off the feet.
230), and Old Navy's raffia flip-flops ($9.50), also have flowered insoles .
Episode #168: Shearwater - " Insolence ".
Subway etiquette lost on insolent teenagers.
After almost being run down by (yet another) of Washington's insolent cabbies, I thought it a good time to look at some of our most unreasonable fears, as well as some of our riskiest behaviors.
KidZerts has introduced what the company calls the first wear- moldable arch support insoles for children.
KidZerts, insoles, insoles for children, wear- moldable arch support, arch support, Melissa Kumler.

In science:

As the insolation is quite a complex quasiperiodic signal, the traditional concepts of phase- or frequency-locking used to define synchronization to periodic forcing are inadequate.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
This is a confirmation that the method based on the LLE works fine and we will be able to use it for the case of the quasiperiodic insolation forcing.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
For the case of the quasiperiodic insolation forcing (Fig. 6(b)), the region of synchronization appears to be in one single piece with some indications of wellseparated tongues (mode locking) at small γ .
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
In other words, whatever the value of the natural period TU LC of the paleoclimatic system, it has a higher probability of being synchronized onto the insolation forcing.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
Consider the case of the quasiperiodic insolation forcing with the three attracting trajectories, i.e., N = 3 (Fig. 5(e)).
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?