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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contumely mean? 

  The noun CONTUMELY has 1 sense:

1. a rude expression intended to offend or hurt

  Familiarity information: CONTUMELY used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A rude expression intended to offend or hurt

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


contumely; insult; revilement; abuse; vilification

Context examples:

when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse / they yelled insults at the visiting team

Hypernyms ("contumely" is a kind of...):

discourtesy; disrespect (an expression of lack of respect)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contumely"):

low blow (unscrupulous abuse)

billingsgate; scurrility (foul-mouthed or obscene abuse)

cut; stinger (a remark capable of wounding mentally)

invective; vitriol; vituperation (abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will)

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