contumelious

[ kon-too-muh-lee, -tyoo-; kuhn-too-muh-lee, -tyoo-; kon-tuhm-lee, -tyoom, -chuhm ]SEE DEFINITION OF contumelious
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If I had been bred in the east, I should be tempted to say it was a contumelious responsibility.

I weep and cry out, I have been a most contumelious offender.

She turned the combs and brushes over with a contumelious hand.

Who now hath plumbed the depths of a contumelious paronomasia?

Although I curled a contumelious lip, I smarted under the indignity.

It would have liked him well to bring this contumelious varlet to his knees.

Who before was a blasphemer and a persecutor and contumelious.

The wrong was committed hastily, and with contumelious levity.

It was a day without a breath of wind, such as alternate in the archipelago with days of contumelious breezes.

He who with delight hears idle discourse or contumelious words, makes his ear a gate of death to himself.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., from Old French contumelieus, from Latin contumeliosus "reproachful, insolently abusive," from contumelia (see contumely).

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