con·​tu·​me·​li·​ous ˌkän-tü-ˈmē-lē-əs How to pronounce contumelious (audio)
: insolently abusive and humiliating
contumeliously adverb

Examples of contumelious in a Sentence

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

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Contumelious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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