What are some opposite words for insolence?

Antonyms for insolence

This page is about all possible antonyms and opposite words for the term insolence.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crust, gall, impertinence, impudence, insolence, cheekiness, freshness(noun)

    the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties

    Synonyms:
    bitterness, saddle sore, rancour, impudence, archness, encrustation, rancor, bile, resentment, novelty, cheekiness, impertinence, perkiness, freshness, cheek, crust, incrustation, gall, sauciness, glow, pertness

  2. insolence(noun)

    an offensive disrespectful impudent act

    Synonyms:
    gall, cheekiness, crust, impertinence, freshness, impudence

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. insolence

    Audacity, in the sense here considered, is a reckless defiance of law, decency, public opinion, or personal rights, claims, or views, approaching the meaning of impudence or shamelessness, but always carrying the thought of the personal risk that one disregards in such defiance; the merely impudent or shameless person may take no thought of consequences; the audacious person recognizes and recklessly braves them. Hardihood defies and disregards the rational judgment of men. Effrontery (Latin effrons, barefaced, shameless) adds to audacity and hardihood the special element of defiance of considerations of propriety, duty, and respect for others, yet not to the extent implied in impudence or shamelessness. Impudence disregards what is due to superiors; shamelessness defies decency. Boldness is forward-stepping courage, spoken of with reference to the presence and observation of others; boldness, in the good sense, is courage viewed from the outside; but the word is frequently used in an unfavorable sense to indicate a lack of proper sensitiveness and modesty. Compare ASSURANCE; BRAVE.

    Antonyms:
    bashfulness, coyness, diffidence, modesty, sensitiveness, shrinking, shyness, timidity

    Synonyms:
    assurance, audacity, boldness, brass, effrontery, hardihood, impudence, shamelessness

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. insolence

    Antonyms:
    deference, consideration, politeness, modesty, bashfulness

    Synonyms:
    arrogance, assumption, impudence

How to use insolence in a sentence?

  1. Aristotle:

    Wit is educated insolence.

  2. Boileau:

    It is intolerable that a silly fool, with nothing but empty birth to boast of, should in his insolence array himself in the merits of others, and vaunt an honour which does not belong to him.

  3. Todd McCarthy:

    Unfortunately,' Mockingjay - Part 1' has all the personality of an industrial film, there's not a drop of insolence, insubordination or insurrection running through its veins ; it feels like a manufactured product through and through, ironic and sad given its revolutionary theme.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    To be, or not to be that is the question Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them To die to sleep No more and by a sleep to say we end The heartache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to,--'t is a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep To sleep perchance to dream ay, there's the rub For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscover'd country from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of Thus conscience does make cowards of us all And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pith and moment With this regard their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.

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