Showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect: she hated the insolent tone of his voice
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- Has any country ever had a more arrogant, insolent, contemptuous leader than we have?
- The very stylish decor and layout could unfortunately not make up for the very expensive bar prices and the rude and insolent staff.
- The most careless and trivial movements were capable of transmitting the rudest and most insolent messages.
impertinent, impudent, cheeky, ill-mannered, bad mannered, unmannerly, rude, impolite, uncivil, lacking civility, discourteous, disrespectful, insubordinate, contemptuous, presumptuous; audacious, bold, brazen, brash, pert, forward; insulting, abusive, offensive
British informal saucy
North American informal sassy, nervy
late Middle English (also in the sense 'extravagant, going beyond acceptable limits'): from Latin insolent- 'immoderate, unaccustomed, arrogant', from in- 'not' + solent- 'being accustomed' (from the verb solere).
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- He is a courtier dancing attendance upon these rare, insolently superior creatures, a fabulist constructing elliptical tales of their strange adventures beyond the pleasure principle.
- Confronted by her tears, he insolently told her, ‘Argentine women don't cry.’
- Nevertheless, there's enough sharp-eyed social observation and insolently dark humour on display to make the series distinctive and distinctively Irish.