contumelious

  • 1 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 …

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  • 2 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. * * * …

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

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

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  • 5 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:… …

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  • 6 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 …

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  • 7 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… …

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

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  • 9 contumelious — adjective Date: 15th century insolently abusive and humiliating • contumeliously adverb …

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  • 10 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,… …

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  • 11 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 …

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  • 12 contumelious — adj. contrary, perverse …

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  • 13 contumelious — a. Abusive, calumnious, contemptuous, insolent, insulting, rude, supercilious, overbearing, arrogant, scornful, disdainful …

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  • 14 contumelious — adj 1. insulting, excoriating, denouncing, reproaching, berating, objurgating, objurgative, lashing; abusive, harsh, coarse; degrading, debasing, humiliating, mortifying; calumnious, slanderous, defamatory, opprobrious; cruel, mean, brutal;… …

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  • 15 contumelious — con·tu·me·li·ous …

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  • 16 contumelious — adj. reproachful, insulting, or insolent. Derivatives: contumeliously adv. Etymology: ME f. OF contumelieus f. L contumeliosus (as CONTUMELY) …

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  • 17 Contumeliously — 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.… …

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  • 18 Contumeliousness — 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.… …

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  • 19 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… …

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  • 20 abusive — abusive, opprobrious, vituperative, contumelious, scurrilous apply chiefly to language or utterances and to persons as they employ such language: the words agree in meaning coarse, insulting, and contemptuous in character or utterance. Abusive… …

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