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An insult (or "term of disparagement") is a statement or action which is intended to affront or demean someone. Insults may be categorized as follows: 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.

In medicine, insult is an alternative term for a lesion or injury, as in brain insult.