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insult

noun [C] uk   /ˈɪn.sʌlt/ us  
B2 an offensive remark or action: She made several insults about my appearance. The steelworkers' leader rejected the two percent pay rise saying it was an insult to the profession. The instructions are so easy they are an insult to your intelligence (= they seem to suggest you are not clever if you need to use them).

insult

verb [T] uk   /ɪnˈsʌlt/ us  
B2 to say or do something to someone that is rude or offensive: First he drank all my wine and then he insulted all my friends.
Translations of “insult”
in Korean 모욕하다…
in Arabic يَسُب, يَشْتُم…
in French insulter…
in Turkish hakaret etmek, aşağılamak…
in Italian insultare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 侮辱, 辱駡…
in Russian оскорблять…
in Polish obrażać, znieważać…
in Spanish insultar…
in Portuguese insultar, ofender, injuriar…
in German beleidigen…
in Catalan insultar, ofendre…
in Japanese (人)を侮辱する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 侮辱, 辱骂…
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