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June 24, 2013 - Word of the Day

insult

Use the word "insult" when someone says or does something that offends another person. Sometimes the offense is an accident or unintended; however, a person's feelings are hurt. An insult can create problems between and among people.

In these examples, the word "insult" is a noun. Notice that the first syllable for the noun is stressed:

  • The insult was unintentional, but it still hurt her feelings.
  • His behavior was an insult to the host.
  • To add insult to injury,* it started to rain just as Tom began to change a flat tire on his car.
  • She hadn't intended to be rude, but her manner of dress was considered an insult.

In the next set of examples, the word "insult" is a verb. Notice the second syllable for the verb is usually stressed.

  • I'm sorry if I insulted you.
  • She didn't intend to insult her student, but the remark hurt his feelings.
  • After Juan insulted his girlfriend in front of everyone, she slapped him in the face.
  • They were insulted by something you said. (This sentence is in the passive voice.)

Use the word "insulting" as an adjective:

  • We find this to be quite insulting.
  • That comment was insulting.
  • An insulting, anonymous comment was posted on the message board.
  • To show one's middle finger to another person is considered an insulting gesture in the United States.

 

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