contumely

  • 1 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;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

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

    Wiktionary

  • 11 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

  • 12 contumely — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. insult, abuse. See contempt, disapprobation, disrespect. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. An act that offends a person s sense of pride or dignity: affront, despite, indignity, insult, offense,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 contumely — con·tume·ly || kÉ’ntjuːmlɪ n. rudeness, contemptuous behavior …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 14 contumely — [ kɒntju:mɪli, tju:mli] noun (plural contumelies) archaic insolent or insulting language or treatment. Derivatives contumelious ˌkɒntjʊ mi:lɪəs adjective contumeliously adverb Origin ME …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 15 contumely — n. Obloquy, reproach, opprobrium, abuse, contemptuousness, insolence, rudeness, superciliousness, arrogance, scorn, contempt, disdain …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 16 contumely — noun (C, U) disrespectful and offensive behaviour or language …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 contumely — n 1. insult, affront, indignity, dishonor; contempt, scorn, derision, disdain, superciliousness; debasement, humiliation, degradation; abuse, scurrility, vituperation, invective, vulgarity; reproach, obloquy, calumny, opprobrium; sarcasm,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 18 contumely — con·tu·me·ly …

    English syllables

  • 19 contumely — con•tu•me•ly [[t]ˈkɒn tʊ mə li, tyʊ ; kənˈtu mə li, ˈtyu [/t]] n. pl. lies 1) insulting display of contempt in words or actions; contemptuous or humiliating treatment 2) a humiliating insult • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME (< AF) < L contumēlia …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 contumely — /ˈkɒntʃuməli / (say konchoohmuhlee), /kənˈtjuməli / (say kuhn tyoohmuhlee) noun (plural contumelies) 1. insulting manifestation of contempt in words or actions; contemptuous or humiliating treatment. 2. a humiliating insult. {Middle English… …

    Australian English dictionary