Contumely
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. [1913 Webster]

The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Nothing aggravates tyranny so much as contumely. --Burke. [1913 Webster]


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  • contumely — I noun abuse, affront, arrogance, aspersion, berating, castigation, contempt, contemptuous treatment, contemptuousness, contumelia, derision, despite, despiteful treatment, discourtesy, disdain, disdainfulness, dishonor, disrespect, effrontery,… …   Law dictionary

  • contumely — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. contumelie, from L. contumelia a reproach, insult, probably related to contumax haughty, stubborn, from com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + tumere to swell up (see THIGH (Cf. thigh)). The unhappy man left his …   Etymology dictionary

  • contumely — ► NOUN (pl. contumelies) archaic ▪ insolent or insulting language or treatment. DERIVATIVES contumelious adjective. ORIGIN Latin contumelia, perhaps from tumere to swell …   English terms dictionary

  • contumely — [kän′to͞o mə lē, kän′tyo͞omə lē; kän′to͞om lē, kän′tyo͞omlē; kən too′mə lē, kəntyoo′mə lē] n. pl. contumelies [ME contumelie < OFr < L contumelia, a reproach, abuse; prob. akin to CONTUMACY] 1. haughty and contemptuous rudeness; insulting… …   English World dictionary

  • contumely — [14] The idea underlying contumely ‘insolence’ is ‘swelling up’. It comes, via Old French contumelie, from Latin contumēlia ‘insult, reproach’, a compound noun formed from the intensive prefix com and (probably) tumēre ‘swell’ (source of English… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • contumely — [14] The idea underlying contumely ‘insolence’ is ‘swelling up’. It comes, via Old French contumelie, from Latin contumēlia ‘insult, reproach’, a compound noun formed from the intensive prefix com and (probably) tumēre ‘swell’ (source of English… …   Word origins

  • contumely — noun (plural lies) Etymology: Middle English contumelie, from Middle French, from Latin contumelia Date: 14th century harsh language or treatment arising from haughtiness and contempt; also an instance of such language or treatment …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • contumely — contumelious /kon tooh mee lee euhs, tyooh /, adj. contumeliously, adv. contumeliousness, n. /kon too meuh lee, tyoo ; keuhn tooh meuh lee, tyooh ; kon teuhm lee, tyoohm, cheuhm/, n., pl. contumelies. 1. insulting display of contempt in words or… …   Universalium

  • contumely — noun /ˈkɒntjuːm(ə)li/ Rude language or behaviour; scorn, insult. For who would bear the whips and scorns of time …   Wiktionary

  • contumely — Synonyms and related words: abuse, affront, airs, animadversion, arrogance, aspersion, assailing, assault, assurance, atrocity, attack, audacity, berating, billingsgate, bitter words, blackening, boldness, brickbat, bumptiousness, calumny,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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