The Christian Englishman drags her shame before an open court, and divorces her with contumely.
For some time, he did not make a single convert, and gained nothing but contumely and abuse.
It is no pleasure for me to recount these passages in my life, in which I have had to hear the "proud man's contumely."
No more should the gallant beast he had bred be seized with contumely in the market-place.
It has been objected that Dante would not treat with contumely a man so devout as Celestine.
We shall not be cast aside in contumely and unblest after all we have suffered.
And yet one could not treat with contumely a person who acted in one's interests.
Where is an equal army of men to be found to invite the contumely of their own sex?
Our mothers are a favorite target for the shafts of contumely that through them reach us.
Ah Chun called for the manager and was treated with contumely.
late 14c., from Old French contumelie, from Latin contumelia "a reproach, insult," probably related to contumax "haughty, stubborn," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + tumere "to swell up" (see thigh).
The unhappy man left his country forever. The howl of contumely followed him across the sea, up the Rhine, over the Alps; it gradually waxed fainter; it died away; those who had raised it began to ask each other, what, after all, was the matter about which they had been so clamorous, and wished to invite back the criminal whom they had just chased from them. [Thomas Babington Macaulay, "Lord Byron," 1877]