contumelious

adjective
con·​tu·​me·​li·​ous | \ ˌkän-tü-ˈmē-lē-əs How to pronounce contumelious (audio) , -tyü-ˈmē-, -chə-ˈmē- \

Definition of contumelious

: insolently abusive and humiliating

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Other Words from contumelious

contumeliously adverb

Examples of contumelious in a Sentence

a well-reasoned thesis that merited more than just a scornful, contumelious response

First Known Use of contumelious

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of contumelious was in the 15th century

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“Contumelious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contumelious. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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