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Meaning of CONTUMELY

Pronunciation:  'kântûmulee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse"; "they yelled insults at the visiting team"

CONTUMELY is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: abuse, insult, revilement, vilification
 See Also: billingsgate, cut, discourtesy, disrespect, invective, low blow, scurrility, stinger, vitriol, vituperation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con"tu*me*ly\, n. [L. contumelia, prob. akin to
contemnere to despise: cf. OF. contumelie. Cf. {Contumacy}.]
Rudeness compounded of haughtiness and contempt; scornful
insolence; despiteful treatment; disdain; contemptuousness in
act or speech; disgrace.

      The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely.

      Nothing aggravates tyranny so much as contumely.

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 Related Terms: abuse, affront, airs, animadversion, arrogance, aspersion, assailing, assault, assurance, atrocity, attack, audacity, berating, billingsgate, bitter words, blackening, boldness, brickbat, bumptiousness, calumny, clannishness, cliquishness, contempt, contemptuousness, cut, despite, diatribe, disdain, disdainfulness, disparagement, dump, effrontery, enormity, exclusiveness, execration, flout, flouting, gibe, hard words, hardihood, hauteur, hubris, humiliation, indignity, injury, insolence, insult, invective, jawing, jeer, jeering, jeremiad, mock, mockery, obloquy, obtrusiveness, offense, onslaught, opprobrium, outrage, overweening, overweeningness, philippic, presumption, presumptuousness, procacity, pushiness, put-down, rating, reflection, revilement, ridicule, scoff, scorn, scornfulness, screed, scurrility, slap, sniffiness, snobbishness, snootiness, snottiness, sovereign contempt, stricture, superciliousness, taunt, tirade, tongue-lashing, toploftiness, uncomplimentary remark, uppishness, uppityness, vilification, vituperation