contumeliousness

contumely

[kon-too-muh-lee, -tyoo-; kuhn-too-muh-lee, -tyoo-; kon-tuhm-lee, -tyoom, -chuhm]
noun, plural contumelies.
1.
insulting display of contempt in words or actions; contemptuous or humiliating treatment.
2.
a humiliating insult.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English contumelie (< Anglo-French) < Latin contumēlia, perhaps akin to contumāx (see contumacy), though formation and sense development are unclear

contumelious [kon-too-mee-lee-uhs, -tyoo-] , adjective
contumeliously, adverb
contumeliousness, noun


1. abuse, scorn, disdain, rudeness.
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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
 
contu'meliously
 
adv
 
contu'meliousness
 
n

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contumely
late 14c., from L. contumelia "a reproach, insult," probably from contumax "haughty, stubborn," from com- intensive prefix + tumere "to swell up" (see thigh).
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