contumelious
adjective Date: 15th century insolently abusive and humiliatingcontumeliously adverb

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  • Contumelious — Con tu*me li*ous (?or ?; 106), a. [L. contumeliosus.] 1. Exhibiting contumely; rudely contemptuous; insolent; disdainful. [1913 Webster] Scoffs, and scorns, and contumelious taunts. Shak. [1913 Webster] Curving a contumelious lip. Tennyson. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contumelious — [kän΄tyo͞o mē′lē əs, kän΄to͞omē′lē əs] adj. 〚ME < OFr contumelieus < L contumeliosus < contumelia: see CONTUMELY〛 rude in a contemptuous way; insulting and humiliating contumeliously adv. * * * See contumely. * * * …   Universalium

  • contumelious — index blameworthy, bumptious, calumnious, contemptible, contemptuous, cynical, derogatory, disdainful …   Law dictionary

  • contumelious — late 15c., from O.Fr. contumelieus, from L. contumeliosus reproachful, insolently abusive, from contumelia (see CONTUMELY (Cf. contumely)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • contumelious — *abusive, opprobrious, vituperative, scurrilous Analogous words: insolent, overbearing, arrogant, disdainful (see PROUD): humiliating, demeaning, debasing, abasing (see ABASE): flouting, scoffing, jeering, sneering (see SCOFF) Antonyms:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • contumelious — [kän΄tyo͞o mē′lē əs, kän΄to͞omē′lē əs] adj. [ME < OFr contumelieus < L contumeliosus < contumelia: see CONTUMELY] rude in a contemptuous way; insulting and humiliating contumeliously adv …   English World dictionary

  • contumelious — adjective /ˌkɒn.tjʊˈmiː.li.əs,ˌkɑn.tʊˈmiː.li.əs,ˌkɑn.tjuˈmiː.li.əs/ Rudely contemptuous; showing contumely; insolent or disdainful. The pad would not stay on Modestine’s back for half a moment. I returned it to its maker, with whom I had so… …   Wiktionary

  • contumelious — 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

  • contumelious — Synonyms and related words: Rabelaisian, abusive, arrogant, atrocious, audacious, back biting, backhand, backhanded, belittling, bitchy, blasphemous, bold, brazen, bumptious, calumniatory, calumnious, catty, cavalier, censorious, clannish,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • contumelious — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Rude and disrespectful: assuming, assumptive, audacious, bold, boldfaced, brash, brazen, cheeky, familiar, forward, impertinent, impudent, insolent, malapert, nervy, overconfident, pert, presuming, presumptuous …   English dictionary for students

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