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Tuesday, October 19, 1999

Definitions for contumely

  1. Rudeness or rough treatment arising from haughtiness and contempt; scornful insolence.
  2. An instance of contemptuousness in act or speech.

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Citations for contumely
Nothing aggravates tyranny so much as contumely. Edmund Burke,
The pedlars find satisfaction for all contumelies in making good bargains. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks
Origin of contumely
1350-1400
Contumely comes ultimately from Latin contumelia, outrage, insult.