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

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. Unabridged
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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]

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Main Entry:  contumely1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  rude treatment; insolence
Etymology:  Latin contumelia 'abuse, insult'
Usage:  pl. contumelies
Main Entry:  contumely2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a rude and hurtful expression; insult
Etymology:  Latin contumelia 'abuse, insult'
Usage:  pl. contumelies
Main Entry:  contumely3
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  disgrace from another's rudeness; humiliation
Etymology:  Latin contumelia 'abuse, insult'
Main Entry:  contumely
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to insult or treat rudely
Etymology:  Latin contumelia 'abuse, insult'
Usage:  transitive's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
All those years he's had to suffer all my contumely in my head.
But the high points are in place as is a healthy share of contumely.
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