contumelious


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con·tu·me·ly

 (kŏn′to͞o-mə-lē, -tyo͞o-, -təm-lē)
n. pl. con·tu·me·lies
1. Rudeness or contempt arising from arrogance; insolence.
2. An insolent or arrogant remark or act.

[Middle English contumelie, from Old French, from Latin contumēlia; akin to contumāx, insolent.]

con′tu·me′li·ous (kŏn′tə-mē′lē-əs) adj.
con′tu·me′li·ous·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.contumelious - arrogantly insolent
disrespectful - exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous; "remarks disrespectful of the law"; "disrespectful in the presence of his parents"; "disrespectful toward his teacher"

contumelious

adjective
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Too often she betrayed this, by the undue vent she gave to a spiteful antipathy she had conceived against little Adele: pushing her away with some contumelious epithet if she happened to approach her; sometimes ordering her from the room, and always treating her with coldness and acrimony.
Van Schuylight Suffolk-Jones--came out to his waiting motor-car, wrinkling a contumelious nostril, as usual, at the Italian renaissance sculpture of the soap palace's front elevation.
Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness: full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity: whisperers, detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, foolish, dissolute: without affection, without fidelity, without mercy.
If we keep telling them what we think of them, can we induce them to be a bit less contumelious and mend their manners?
Why bother trying to sort through this contumelious Clipper rift among Moe the slumlord, Larry the draft lottery GM, Curley the pencil-pushing president and the well-respected coach, when it's common knowledge that everything could be remedied with a healthy Elton Brand and Shaun Livingston interceding?