What does the word contumely mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Scornful insolence.

Usage examples for contumely

  1. When Captain Batsby was spoken of with contumely in the light of a husband,- this being always done by Sir Thomas,- Lady Tringle would make her rejoinder to this, when Sir Thomas had turned his back, by saying that a captain in Her Majesty's army, with good blood in his veins and a competent fortune, was at any rate better than a poor artist, who had, so to say, no blood, and was unable to earn his bread; and when Tom was ridiculed for his love for Ayala she would go on to explain,- always after Sir Thomas's back had been turned,- that poor Tom had been encouraged by his father, whereas Lucy had taken upon herself to engage herself in opposition to her pastors and masters. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  2. Whatever hardship and toil, whatever pain and persecution, whatever reviling and contumely, whatever privation and poverty may be necessary to the accomplishment of this great end the Master himself gladly bore, and He asks His followers to do the same. – The Five Great Philosophies of Life by William de Witt Hyde