noun, plural con·tu·me·lies.
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Origin of contumely
OTHER WORDS FROM contumelycon·tu·me·li·ous [kon-too-mee-lee-uhs, -tyoo-], /ˌkɒn tuˈmi li əs, -tyu-/, adjectivecon·tu·me·li·ous·ly, adverbcon·tu·me·li·ous·ness, noun
Example sentences from the Web for contumely
You know how you feel at the iron gripe of ruthless oppression: you know how you bear the galling sneer of contumelious greatness.The Letters of Robert Burns|Robert Burns
Thither Mrs. Lathom's housewife eyes were led, and she drew it aside with a contumelious finger.Thorley Weir|E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
A thirst for vengeance, after all they had endured at the hands of the contumelious foe, carried them away.Boy Woodburn|Alfred Ollivant
Thou art very contumelious, and deservest to be rolled in the kennel.Jacob Faithful|Captain Frederick Marryat
Usage the most contumelious she had hitherto borne with silent indignation.