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Meaning of contumely

con•tu•me•ly

Pronunciation: (kon'too-mu-lē, -tyoo-&wdspckun-t&oomacr'mu-lē, -ty&oomacr'-&wdspckon'tum-lē, -ty&oomacrm, -chum), [key]
— pl. -lies.
  1. insulting display of contempt in words or actions; contemptuous or humiliating treatment.
  2. a humiliating insult.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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