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3 definitions found
 for contumely
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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           The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely.
                                                    --Shak.
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           Nothing aggravates tyranny so much as contumely.
                                                    --Burke.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  contumely
      n 1: 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, contumely, vilification]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  94 Moby Thesaurus words for "contumely":
     abuse, affront, airs, animadversion, arrogance, aspersion,
     assailing, assault, assurance, atrocity, attack, audacity,
     berating, billingsgate, bitter words, blackening, boldness,
     brickbat, bumptiousness, calumny, clannishness, cliquishness,
     contempt, contemptuousness, cut, despite, diatribe, disdain,
     disdainfulness, disparagement, dump, effrontery, enormity,
     exclusiveness, execration, flout, flouting, gibe, hard words,
     hardihood, hauteur, hubris, humiliation, indignity, injury,
     insolence, insult, invective, jawing, jeer, jeering, jeremiad,
     mock, mockery, obloquy, obtrusiveness, offense, onslaught,
     opprobrium, outrage, overweening, overweeningness, philippic,
     presumption, presumptuousness, procacity, pushiness, put-down,
     rating, reflection, revilement, ridicule, scoff, scorn,
     scornfulness, screed, scurrility, slap, sniffiness, snobbishness,
     snootiness, snottiness, sovereign contempt, stricture,
     superciliousness, taunt, tirade, tongue-lashing, toploftiness,
     uncomplimentary remark, uppishness, uppityness, vilification,
     vituperation
  
  

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