Definition of contumelious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkɒntjʊˈmiːlɪəs/


(Of behaviour) scornful and insulting; insolent.
Example sentences
  • It wasn't his fault that he liked you more than a compatriot and did a truly contumelious act out of selfish passionate feelings towards you.
  • What the law has for a long time required is merely conscious wrongdoing in the sense of volition and in contumelious disregard of another's rights.
  • That cannot be considered a deliberate or contumelious delay undertaken by one litigant in an attempt to thwart the rights of an opposing litigant.



Example sentences
  • And the rest laid hands on his servants and, having treated them contumeliously, put them to death.
  • In great wrath he swore to take vengeance on the man who had dared to tear up his complaint so contumeliously.
  • Whosoever shall willfully blaspheme the holy name of God, by cursing or contumeliously reproaching God, and whosoever shall profanely curse or damn or swear by the name of God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Ghost, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.


Late Middle English: from Old French contumelieus, from Latin contumeliosus, from contumelia 'abuse, insult' (see contumely).

Words that rhyme with contumelious

Aurelius, Berzelius, Cornelius, Delius

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Line breaks: con|tu¦me¦li|ous

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