- haughty and contemptuous rudeness; insulting and humiliating treatment or language
- an instance of this; scornful insult
Origin of contumelyMiddle English contumelie from Old French from Classical Latin contumelia, a reproach, abuse; probably akin to contumacy
- Rudeness or contempt arising from arrogance; insolence.
- An insolent or arrogant remark or act.
Origin of contumelyMiddle English contumelie from Old French from Latin contumēlia contumāx insolent
(countable and uncountable, plural contumelies)
From Old French contumelie, from Latin contumēlia (“insult”), perhaps from com- + tumeō (“swell”).