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, vilification]
- Rude language or
behaviour; scorn, insult.
- For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,/ The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely, …
- 1976: Robert Nye, Falstaff
- I could think of no words adequate to the occasion. So I belched. Not out of contumely, you understand. It was a sympathetic belch, a belch of brotherhood.
rude language or behaviour
- Dutch: spot, hoon, belediging, grof taal
abuse, affront, airs, animadversion, arrogance, aspersion, assailing, assault, assurance, atrocity, attack, audacity, berating, billingsgate, bitter words, blackening, boldness, brickbat, bumptiousness, calumny, clannishness, cliquishness, contempt, contemptuousness, cut, despite, diatribe, disdain, disdainfulness, disparagement, dump, effrontery, enormity, exclusiveness, execration, flout, flouting, gibe, hard words, hardihood, hauteur, hubris, humiliation, indignity, injury, insolence, insult, invective, jawing, jeer, jeering, jeremiad, mock, mockery, obloquy, obtrusiveness, offense, onslaught, opprobrium, outrage, overweening, overweeningness, philippic, presumption, presumptuousness, procacity, pushiness, put-down, rating, reflection, revilement, ridicule, scoff, scorn, scornfulness, screed, scurrility, slap, sniffiness, snobbishness, snootiness, snottiness, sovereign contempt, stricture, superciliousness, taunt, tirade, tongue-lashing, toploftiness, uncomplimentary remark, uppishness, uppityness, vilification, vituperation