noun, plural con·tu·me·lies.
Origin of contumely
Examples 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
British Dictionary definitions for contumely
noun plural -lies
Word Origin for contumely
Word Origin and History for contumely
late 14c., from Old French contumelie, from Latin contumelia "a reproach, insult," probably related to contumax "haughty, stubborn," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + tumere "to swell up" (see thigh).
The unhappy man left his country forever. The howl of contumely followed him across the sea, up the Rhine, over the Alps; it gradually waxed fainter; it died away; those who had raised it began to ask each other, what, after all, was the matter about which they had been so clamorous, and wished to invite back the criminal whom they had just chased from them. [Thomas Babington Macaulay, "Lord Byron," 1877]