Definition of insolence :
1. Insolent conduct or treatment; insult.
2. The quality of being insolent; pride or haughtiness manifested in contemptuous and overbearing treatment of others; arrogant contempt; brutal impudence.
3. The quality of being unusual or novel.
4. To insult.
encrustation, bile, lordliness, forwardness, inconsideration, ungraciousness, gall, courtesy, audaciousness, rancor, nerve, sassiness, nerviness, dis, backchat, brass, vulgarity, pride, incrustation, novelty, superciliousness, impoliteness, pertness, perkiness, overconfidence, attitude, presumption, haughtiness, crust, chutzpah, cheekiness, bitterness, uppishness, proudness, face, hauteur, mouth, loftiness, hardihood, impudency, impertinency, assumption, saddle sore, discourteousness, shamelessness, freshness, archness, overbearingness, inconsiderateness, pushiness, resentment, sauce, rancour, cheek, pridefulness, uppityness, sass, incivility, glow, familiarity, assurance, superiority
defiance (part of speech: noun)
counteraction, confrontation, recalcitrance, obstinacy, insurgency, attack, dissension, affront, contravention, defiance, stubbornness, insubordination, dissent, audacity, temerity, rebelliousness, resistance, boldness
insolence (part of speech: noun)
disrespect (part of speech: noun)
- There I read your name, constantly repeated in every line of writing; and knew that the man who, in my absence, had stepped between me and my prize- the man who, in his insolence of youth, and birth, and fortune, had snatched from me the one long- delayed reward for twenty years of misery, just as my hands were stretched forth to grasp it, was the son of that honourable and high- born gentleman who had given my father to the gallows, and had made me the outcast of my social privileges for life. - "Basil", Wilkie Collins.
- She went through things- they pulled her down; I know what they were now- I didn't then, for I was a pig; and my position, compared with hers, is an insolence of success. - "The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2", Henry James.
- The insolence which he could not keep out of his voice whenever he addressed Drayton crept into it now. - "Peggy Owen and Liberty", Lucy Foster Madison.