from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Rudeness or contempt arising from arrogance; insolence.
- n. An insolent or arrogant remark or act.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Offensive and abusive language or behaviour; scorn, insult.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Rudeness compounded of haughtiness and contempt; scornful insolence; despiteful treatment; disdain; contemptuousness in act or speech; disgrace.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Insolently offensive or abusive speech; haughtiness and contempt expressed in words; overbearing or reviling language; contemptuousness; insolence.
- n. A contumelious statement or act; an exhibition of haughty contempt or insolence.
- n. Synonyms Abuse, rudeness, scorn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
Middle English contumelie, from Old French, from Latin contumēlia; akin to contumāx, insolent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French contumelie, from Latin contumēlia ("insult"), perhaps from com- + tumeō ("swell"). (Wiktionary)