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in·so·lent

insolent

 
pronunciation:
In s lnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition: rude, arrogant, or not showing respect in speech or behavior.
The child shocked everyone by speaking in an insolent way to the teacher.
synonyms:
discourteous, forward, fresh, impolite, impudent, rude
antonyms:
polite
similar words:
arrogant, bold
derivation: insolently (adv.)
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The word insolent contains the following part:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent, incognizant), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.