con·tu·me·ly (kŏnt-mə-lē, -ty-, -təm-lē)
n. pl. con·tu·me·lies
1. Rudeness or contempt arising from arrogance; insolence.
2. An insolent or arrogant remark or act.
[Middle English contumelie, from Old French, from Latin contumēlia; akin to contumāx, insolent.]
con′tu·meli·ous (kŏn′tə-mēlē-əs) adj.
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