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contumely

[kon-too-muh-lee, -tyoo-; kuh n-too-muh-lee, -tyoo-; kon-tuh m-lee, -tyoom, -chuh m] /ˈkɒn tʊ mə li, -tyʊ-; kənˈtu mə li, -ˈtyu-; ˈkɒn təm li, -tyum, -tʃəm/
noun, plural contumelies.
1.
insulting display of contempt in words or actions; contemptuous or humiliating treatment.
2.
a humiliating insult.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English contumelie (< Anglo-French) < Latin contumēlia, perhaps akin to contumāx (see contumacy), though formation and sense development are unclear
Related forms
contumelious
[kon-too-mee-lee-uh s, -tyoo-] /ˌkɒn tuˈmi li əs, -tyu-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
contumeliously, adverb
contumeliousness, noun
Synonyms
1. abuse, scorn, disdain, rudeness.
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Examples for contumelious
  • He never gave contumelious language in his anger, nor inflicted punishment with reproach.
British Dictionary definitions for contumelious

contumely

/ˈkɒntjʊmɪlɪ/
noun (pl) -lies
1.
scornful or insulting language or behaviour
2.
a humiliating or scornful insult
Derived Forms
contumelious (ˌkɒntjʊˈmiːlɪəs) adjective
contumeliously, adverb
contumeliousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin contumēlia invective, from tumēre to swell, as with wrath
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Word Origin and History for contumelious
contumely
late 14c., from L. contumelia "a reproach, insult," probably from contumax "haughty, stubborn," from com- intensive prefix + tumere "to swell up" (see thigh).
contumelious
late 15c., from Fr. contumélieus, from L. contumeliosus, from contumelia (see contumely).
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