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contumely

[ kon-too-muh-lee, -tyoo-; kuhn-too-muh-lee, -tyoo-; kon-tuhm-lee, -tyoom, -chuhm ]
/ ˈkɒn tʊ mə li, -tyʊ-; kənˈtu mə li, -ˈtyu-; ˈkɒn təm li, -tyum, -tʃəm /
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noun, plural con·tu·me·lies.
insulting display of contempt in words or actions; contemptuous or humiliating treatment.
a humiliating insult.
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Origin of contumely

1350–1400; Middle English contumelie (<Anglo-French ) <Latin contumēlia, perhaps akin to contumāx (see contumacy), though formation and sense development are unclear

OTHER WORDS FROM contumely

con·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
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British Dictionary definitions for contumely

contumely
/ (ˈkɒntjʊmɪlɪ) /

noun plural -lies
scornful or insulting language or behaviour
a humiliating or scornful insult

Derived forms of contumely

contumelious (ˌkɒntjʊˈmiːlɪəs), adjectivecontumeliously, adverbcontumeliousness, noun

Word Origin for contumely

C14: from Latin contumēlia invective, from tumēre to swell, as with wrath
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