- insulting display of contempt in words or actions; contemptuous or humiliating treatment.
- a humiliating insult.
Origin of contumely
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Examples from the Web for contumeliously
Nevertheless, let us bring the lens to bear upon the minute particle so contumeliously treated.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
In great wrath he swore to take vengeance on the man who had dared to tear up his complaint so contumeliously.Legends of the Rhine
Yes; he to whom all things belong is most meanly and most contumeliously called Pecunia.The City of God, Volume I
One might believe that Lucullus thought his money really captive and barbarian, so wantonly and contumeliously did he treat it.The Boys' and Girls' Plutarch
If any person shall wilfully blaspheme the holy name of God by denying, cursing, or contumeliously reproaching his being.Trial of C. B. Reynolds For Blasphemy
Robert G. Ingersoll
- scornful or insulting language or behaviour
- a humiliating or scornful insult
Word Origin and History for contumeliously
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]