from The Century Dictionary.
- Indicating or expressive of contumely; haughtily offensive; contemptuous; insolent; rude and sarcastic: said of acts or things.
- Haughty and contemptuous; disposed to taunt or to insult; insolent; supercilious: said of persons.
- Reproachful; shameful; ignominious.
- Synonyms 1 and 2. See list under
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Exhibiting contumely; rudely contemptuous; insolent; disdainful.
- adjective obsolete Shameful; disgraceful.
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- adjective archaic, literary
Rudely contemptuous; showing contumely; insolentor disdainful.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective arrogantly insolent
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Every kind of contumelious reproach is heaped on the heads of the working men who dare to replace him when he strikes; and he does not scruple to use under such conditions weapons more convincing than the most opprobrious epithets.
Joel Connelly, the contumelious liberal columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, writes today: "Sexism's alive and well on the right".
When thou sufferest all this transport and sickness and trouble being enamoured of one who returneth thy passion, how would it be with thee if she whom thou lovest were contrary and contumelious, and thy case were discovered through her perfidy?
Joel Connelly, the P-I's contumelious liberal columnist, is troubled by Astroturf PACs which "hide the identities of people" paying for political campaigns.
In the first scene, Madoc discovers an English plot to exhume his father's bones and discard them "In some unhallowed pit, with foul disgrace/And contumelious wrong" (Southey, Madoc 128).
Naturally, there are other sides to these issues, but you'll learn more from reading the BIAW's own analysis than you would from listening to the ignorant fulminations of Joni Balter and that other lazy contumelious liberal columnist.
For my part, I confess my contumelious self-confidence and insolence to man, as well as blasphemy to Heaven.
Meanwhile, Joel Connelly, the contumelious liberal columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is crying foul because the two highly qualified and judicially restrained challengers, Stephen Johnson and John Groen, are receiving campaign contributions from folks whom Connelly doesn't approve of: "Outside interests influencing court races".
But I will urge these cavilling and contumelious arguments no farther, lest some physician should mistake me, and deny me physic when I am sick: for my part, I am well persuaded of physic: I can distinguish the abuse from the use, in this and many other arts and sciences:
Impunity maketh insolence; insolence, hatred; and hatred, an endeavour to pull down all oppressing and contumelious greatness, though with the ruin of the Commonwealth.