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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Rudeness; insolence. A humiliating insult.

Usage examples (34)
  • It's impolite to react with contumely.
  • That phrase was flung at them, I think, in contumely at one time, but, like many such phrases, it has been adopted.
  • The Vicomte called the contumely heaped on his father's name and his own, "a disagreeable scene."
  • Maybe "contumely" would be a better place to start. for more
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