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insolence

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪns(ə)l(ə)ns
 
, ˈɪnsəl(ə)ns, ˈɪnsələns/

Definition of insolence in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Rude and disrespectful behaviour: she was sacked for insolence
More example sentences
  • Where do they get the authority and encouragement to practise their childish, schoolyard insolence and contempt of our leaders?
  • They helped us understand what we were up against: the proud man's contumely, the insolence of office.
  • Perhaps it was a case of German insolence, a deliberate offense to Roman dignity.
Synonyms
impertinence, impudence, cheek, cheekiness, bad manners, ill-manneredness, unmannerliness, rudeness, impoliteness, incivility, lack of civility, discourtesy, discourteousness, disrespect, insubordination, contempt;
informal brass, brass neck, neck, face, front, cockiness, freshness, backchat, bad-mouthing
British informal sauce
Scottish informal snash
North American informal chutzpah, sass, sassiness, nerviness
informal , dated hide, crust
archaic contumely, malapertness

Words that rhyme with insolence

nonchalance

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