If you insult someone, you have offended that person — either intentionally or unintentionally — through your actions or words. You might insult your host if you refuse to try the dessert he made from pasta, nuts, and chocolate sauce.

As a noun, an insult means rude words or actions. If you tell the umpire he needs glasses, then you've made a verbal insult. If, after the umpire calls your team out, you make an obscene gesture in his general direction, you've made another kind of insult. Either insult can potentially get you thrown out of the game.

Definitions of insult
  1. verb
    treat, mention, or speak to rudely
    “He insulted her with his rude remarks”
    synonyms: affront, diss
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    type of:
    bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound
    hurt the feelings of
  2. noun
    a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
    “they yelled insults at the visiting team”
    synonyms: abuse, contumely, revilement, vilification
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    low blow
    unscrupulous abuse
    billingsgate, scurrility
    foul-mouthed or obscene abuse
    cut, stinger
    a remark capable of wounding mentally
    invective, vitriol, vituperation
    abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
    type of:
    discourtesy, disrespect
    an expression of lack of respect
  3. noun
    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    “turning his back on me was a deliberate insult
    synonyms: affront
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    an affront to one's dignity or self-esteem
    outrage, scandalisation, scandalization
    the act of scandalizing
    type of:
    discourtesy, offence, offense, offensive activity
    a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
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