What Is the Etymological Origin of the Word 'Insult?' [Warning: Parental Advisory]
Azealia Banks demonstrates as good an example of the word 'insult' as one could hope to avoid.
"The 'sult' of insult comes from a word that meant jump. Its source was Latin insultare 'jump on,' a compound verb based on saltare 'jump.' This was a derivative of salire 'jump,' source in one way or another of English assail, assault, desultory, salacious, and salient. Old French took insultare over as insulter and used it for triumph over in an arrogant way. This was how the word was originally used in English, but at the beginning of the 17th century the now familiar sense abuse (which had actually developed first in the Latin verb) was introduced."
~ John Ayto, “Dictionary of Word Origins.”