Usage the most contumelious she had hitherto borne with silent indignation.
If I had been bred in the east, I should be tempted to say it was a contumelious responsibility.
It was a day without a breath of wind, such as alternate in the archipelago with days of contumelious breezes.
I weep and cry out, I have been a most contumelious offender.
Who now hath plumbed the depths of a contumelious paronomasia?
She turned the combs and brushes over with a contumelious hand.
I use this adjective in no contumelious sense, and certainly not because I have lived in Guernsey and only visited Jersey.
It would have liked him well to bring this contumelious varlet to his knees.
Who before was a blasphemer and a persecutor and contumelious.
The wrong was committed hastily, and with contumelious levity.
late 15c., from Old French contumelieus, from Latin contumeliosus "reproachful, insolently abusive," from contumelia (see 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]