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contumely


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contumely  \Con"tu*me*ly\,  n.  [L.  contumelia  prob.  akin  to 
  contemnere  to  despise:  cf  OF  contumelie  Cf  {Contumacy}.] 
  Rudeness  compounded  of  haughtiness  and  contempt;  scornful 
  insolence;  despiteful  treatment;  disdain;  contemptuousness  in 
  act  or  speech;  disgrace. 
 
  The  oppressor's  wrong  the  proud  man's  contumely. 
  --Shak. 
 
  Nothing  aggravates  tyranny  so  much  as  contumely. 
  --Burke. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contumely 
  n  :  a  rude  expression  intended  to  offend  or  hurt;  "when  a 
  student  made  a  stupid  mistake  he  spared  them  no  abuse"; 
  "they  yelled  insults  at  the  visiting  team"  [syn:  {abuse}, 
  {insult},  {revilement}] 




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