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insolent
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The Fountainhead
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  • You’d better not be insolent. I can have you fired at a moment’s notice, you know.
  • Keating shrugged, and turned his back to him in silent insolence.
  • Her eyes were alert now, insolently guilty, like the eyes of a child who has just perpetrated some nasty little joke.
  • She saw the man below looking at her, she saw the insolent hint of amusement tell her that he knew she did not want him to look at her now.
  • He sustained the insolence of looking straight at her, he would not move, he would not grant the concession of turning away—of acknowledging that he had no right to look at her in such manner.
  • If Toohey’s eyes had not been fixed insolently on Wynand’s, he would have been ordered out of the office at once.
  • She was certain that he intended no insolence; it was not in his voice nor his manner; but insolence had been her first impression of him.
  • He looked at his audience, his mouth smiling in self-mockery, his eyebrows raised insolently, but his eyes pleading.
  • She was certain that he intended no insolence; it was not in his voice nor his manner; but insolence had been her first impression of him.
  • No other setting could bring out so eloquently the essential insolence of this building.
  • The words could not be recognized, only their quality; the quality of abandon and insolence, with high shrieks of mirth once in a while.
  • It was not her beauty, it was not her insolent elegance.
  • The limp carelessness of her fingers was insolent and inviting at once.
  • Her high heels stepped lightly over lime-spattered boards and she walked, leaning back, in careless, insolent elegance.
  • It is not a temple, but its perfect antithesis, an insolent mockery of all religion.
  • The Stoddard Temple is a brazen denial of our entire past, an insolent ’No’ flung in the face of history.
  • I mean the person who has the filthy insolence to claim that he loves equally the man who made that statue of you and the man who makes a Mickey Mouse balloon to sell on street corners.
  • He said it simply, without insolence; as if nothing but total honesty were possible to him here.
  • The stems were dry and naked, but there was a quality of spring in the cheerful insolence of their upward thrust, the stirring of a self-assertive purpose.
  • She looked at the steel cages of future projections, at the insolent angles, at the incredible complexity of this shape coming to life as a simple, logical whole, a naked skeleton with planes of air to form the walls, a naked skeleton on a cold winter day, with a sense of birth and promise, like a bare tree with a first touch of green.
  • It was an air of inanities uttered as revelations and insolently demanding acceptance as such; an air, not of innocent presumption, but of conscious effrontery; as if the author knew the nature of his work and boasted of his power to make it appear sublime in the minds of his audience and thus destroy the capacity for the sublime within them.
  • The Banner printed the interview as follows: "Mr. Roark, who seems to be a publicity hound, received reporters with an air of swaggering insolence and stated that the public mind was hash.
  • The insolent bastard!
  • When he went up to his office, the elevator operators looked at him in a queer, lazy, curious sort of way; when he spoke, they answered, not insolently, but in an indifferent drawl that seemed to say it would become insolent in a moment.
  • When he went up to his office, the elevator operators looked at him in a queer, lazy, curious sort of way; when he spoke, they answered, not insolently, but in an indifferent drawl that seemed to say it would become insolent in a moment.
  • His voice was gay and it had a touch of insolence.

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  • I don’t recommend the hotel. The employees are insolent and unhelpful.
  • She was fired for insolence.

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