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- Offensive and abusive language or behaviour; scorn, insult.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals):
- For who would beare the Whips and Scornes of time, The Oppressors wrong, the poore mans Contumely […]
- 1857, Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers, Volume the Second, page 19 →ISBN
- She had been subjected to contumely and cross-questoning and ill-usage through the whole evening.
- 1914, Grace Livingston Hill, The Best Man:
- What scorn, what contumely, would be his!
- 1953, James Strachey, translating Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Avon Books, p. 178:
- If this picture of the two psychical agencies and their relation to the consciousness is accepted, there is a complete analogy in political life to the extraordinary affection which I felt in my dream for my friend R., who was treated with such contumely during the dream's interpretation.
- 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.
offensive and abusive language or behaviour