insulting display of contempt in words or actions; contemptuous or humiliating treatment.
a humiliating insult.
- con·tu·me·li·ous [kon-too-mee-lee-uhs, -tyoo-], /ˌkɒn tuˈmi li əs, -tyu-/, adjective
- con·tu·me·li·ous·ly, adverb
- con·tu·me·li·ous·ness, noun
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How to use contumely in a sentence
Any one might differ with their conclusions, but is it courteous or decent to hold them up to ridicule and contumely?
And yet one could not treat with contumely a person who acted in one's interests.The Secret Witness | George Gibbs
Well, if the man be treated with contumely, he may very likely despair and give up all hope of improvement.Tales of Northumbria | Howard Pease
There is absolutely no image-making art in the practice of our people, except only this art of rags and contumely.Ceres' Runaway | Alice Meynell
Neither the Captain's contumely nor the garrison's insults had humiliated or discouraged her.The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2) | Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for contumely
scornful or insulting language or behaviour
a humiliating or scornful insult
- contumelious (ˌkɒntjʊˈmiːlɪəs), adjective
- contumeliously, adverb
- contumeliousness, noun
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