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
Words nearby contumely
Example sentences from the Web for contumelious
If I had been bred in the east, I should be tempted to say it was a contumelious responsibility.A Pessimist|Robert Timsol
I use this adjective in no contumelious sense, and certainly not because I have lived in Guernsey and only visited Jersey.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2|George Saintsbury
She turned the combs and brushes over with a contumelious hand.Joan of the Sword Hand|S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
Who now hath plumbed the depths of a contumelious paronomasia?Wilderness of Spring|Edgar Pangborn
Thither Mrs. Lathom's housewife eyes were led, and she drew it aside with a contumelious finger.Thorley Weir|E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson