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 contumely
For some time, he did not make a single convert, and gained nothing but contumely and abuse.Self-Help|Samuel Smiles
It is no pleasure for me to recount these passages in my life, in which I have had to hear the "proud man's contumely."The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete|Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
These it was who formed that hideous Court, whose judgments have now been set aside with contumely and loathing.A Heroine of France|Evelyn Everett-Green
To our great surprise, that learned body refused the paper, I may say with contumely.Strange Stories|Grant Allen
His messages they treated with scorn, and him with contumely.Companion to the Bible|E. P. Barrows