contumely


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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.

contumely

(ˈkɒntjʊmɪlɪ)
n, pl -lies
1. scornful or insulting language or behaviour
2. a humiliating or scornful insult
[C14: from Latin contumēlia invective, from tumēre to swell, as with wrath]
contumelious adj
ˌcontuˈmeliously adv
ˌcontuˈmeliousness n

con•tu•me•ly

(ˈkɒn tʊ mə li, -tyʊ-; kənˈtu mə li, -ˈtyu-)

n., pl. -lies.
1. insulting display of contempt in words or actions; contemptuous or humiliating treatment.
2. a humiliating insult.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin contumēlia, perhaps akin to contumāx (see contumacious)]
con`tu•me′li•ous (-ˈmi li əs) adj.
con`tu•me′li•ous•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contumely - a rude expression intended to offend or hurtcontumely - 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"
discourtesy, disrespect - an expression of lack of respect
low blow - unscrupulous abuse
billingsgate, scurrility - foul-mouthed or obscene abuse
stinger, cut - a remark capable of wounding mentally; "the unkindest cut of all"
invective, vituperation, vitriol - abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will

contumely

noun
1. An act that offends a person's sense of pride or dignity:
Translations

contumely

[ˈkɒntjʊmɪlɪ] N (frm) → contumelia f

contumely

n no pl (form: = abuse) → Schmähen nt (geh); (= insult)Schmähung f (geh)
References in classic literature ?
And as the contumely is greater towards God, so the danger is greater towards men.
Some of the very peasants who had been most active in wrangling with him over the hay, some whom he had treated with contumely, and who had tried to cheat him, those very peasants had greeted him goodhumoredly, and evidently had not, were incapable of having any feeling of rancor against him, any regret, any recollection even of having tried to deceive him.
Oh, well, yes; but it would try anybody to be doing the best he could, offering every kindness he could think of, only to have it rejected with contumely and .
Her sex once ascertained, their idolatry was changed into contempt and there was no end to the contumely showered upon her by the savages, who were exasperated at the deception which they conceived had been practised upon them.
Of an impulsive and passionate nature, she had fortified herself to encounter the stings and venomous stabs of public contumely, wreaking itself in every variety of insult; but there was a quality so much more terrible in the solemn mood of the popular mind, that she longed rather to behold all those rigid countenances contorted with scornful merriment, and herself the object.
Benjamin stared about him fiercely, and could he have found a single face that expressed contumely, he would have been prompt to quarrel with its owner; but meeting everywhere with looks of sobriety, and occasionally of commiseration, he very deliberately seated himself by the side of the hunter, and, placing his legs in the two vacant holes of the stocks, he said:
He lived in Dickens in a measure that I have never known another to do, and my contumely must have brought him a pang that was truly a personal grief.
At the very moment that he spoke the object of his contumely was entering the dark mouth of a broad river that flowed from out of the heart of savage Borneo.
And, besides, there was the wild exasperation aroused by the unjust aspersions and the contumely of the house, with the maddening impossibility to account for that mysterious thrashing, added to these simple and bitter sorrows.
I can bear Dishonour, public insult, many shames, Shrill scorn, and open contumely, but he Who filches from me something that is mine, Ay
Osborne used to call the other the old pauper, the old coal-man, the old bankrupt, and by many other such names of brutal contumely.
For, not only was he exposed defenceless to the harangues of Mrs Wilfer, but he received the utmost contumely at the hands of Lavinia; who, partly to show Bella that she (Lavinia) could do what she liked with him, and partly to pay him off for still obviously admiring Bella's beauty, led him the life of a dog.