Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Contumely'
Contumely Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
n : a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; "when a
student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse";
"they yelled insults at the visiting team" [syn: abuse,
insult, revilement, vilification]
- Contumely \Con"tu*me*ly\, n. [L. contumelia, prob. akin to
contemnere to despise: cf. OF. contumelie. Cf. Contumacy.]
Rudeness compounded of haughtiness and contempt; scornful
insolence; despiteful treatment; disdain; contemptuousness in
act or speech; disgrace.
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely.
Nothing aggravates tyranny so much as contumely.
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