Definition of contumelious in English:

contumelious

adjective

archaic
  • (of behaviour) scornful and insulting; insolent.

    • ‘What the law has for a long time required is merely conscious wrongdoing in the sense of volition and in contumelious disregard of another's rights.’
    • ‘That cannot be considered a deliberate or contumelious delay undertaken by one litigant in an attempt to thwart the rights of an opposing litigant.’
    • ‘It wasn't his fault that he liked you more than a compatriot and did a truly contumelious act out of selfish passionate feelings towards you.’
    disparaging, denigratory, belittling, diminishing, slighting, deprecatory, depreciatory, depreciative, detracting, deflating
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French contumelieus, from Latin contumeliosus, from contumelia ‘abuse, insult’ (see contumely).

Pronunciation

contumelious

/ˌkɒntjʊˈmiːlɪəs/