• WordNet 3.6
    • adj contumelious arrogantly insolent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contumelious Exhibiting contumely; rudely contemptuous; insolent; disdainful. "Scoffs, and scorns, and contumelious taunts.""Curving a contumelious lip."
    • Contumelious Shameful; disgraceful.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • contumelious Indicating or expressive of contumely; haughtily offensive; contemptuous; insolent; rude and sarcastic: said of acts or things.
    • contumelious Haughty and contemptuous; disposed to taunt or to insult; insolent; supercilious: said of persons.
    • contumelious Reproachful; shameful; ignominious.
    • contumelious Synonyms 1 and 2. See list under abusive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Contumelious haughtily reproachful: insolent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. contumeliosus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contumelia, which is prob. from the same source as contumacy.


In literature:

I am very much offended at his scandalizing words and contumelious obloquy.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
The wrong was committed hastily, and with contumelious levity.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 4 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
One might believe that Lucullus thought his money really captive and barbarian, so wantonly and contumeliously did he treat it.
"The Boys' and Girls' Plutarch" by Plutarch
Although I curled a contumelious lip, I smarted under the indignity.
"Simon the Jester" by William J. Locke
Nothing could well be more contumelious than Margaret's treatment of the learned Frisian.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66" by John Lothrop Motley
I am very much offended at his scandalizing words and contumelious obloquy.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III." by Francois Rabelais
Why did Feltram endure this contumelious life?
"J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 3" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
One of his greatest mortifications was his being obliged to wear that green armor which had exposed him to such contumelious treatment.
"Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories" by Edited by Julian Hawthorne
Then taking the warm blood into the palms of their hands, they drank it up, using the most contumelious expressions against the Christians.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VII" by Robert Kerr
Another and a more contumelious laugh announced this failure.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby