Contumely definition

kŏnto͝o-mə-lē, -tyo͝o-, -təm-lē
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Rudeness or contempt arising from arrogance; insolence.
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An insolent or arrogant remark or act.
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An instance of this; scornful insult.
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Offensive and abusive language or behaviour; scorn, insult.
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Haughty and contemptuous rudeness; insulting and humiliating treatment or language.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
contumely
Plural:
contumelies

Origin of contumely

  • Middle English contumelie from Old French from Latin contumēlia contumāx insolent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French contumelie, from Latin contumēlia (“insult”), perhaps from com- + tumeō (“swell”).

    From Wiktionary