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Insult

An insult is a phrase or an act intended to affront or demean someone. Insults may be categorized as follows:
  • Insult to intelligence
  • Insult to education
  • Insult to natural appearance
  • Insult to behavior

Profanity is frequently used as part of insults to strengthen their emotional impact.

The concept of fighting words has a definition in American Constitutional law. See terms of disparagement.



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