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
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