AskDefine | Define contumelious

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contumelious adj : arrogantly insolent

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  1. Of or pertaining to rudely contemptuous; insolent; disdainful.
    The pad would not stay on Modestine’s back for half a moment. I returned it to its maker, with whom I had so contumelious a passage that the street outside was crowded from wall to wall with gossips looking on and listening. - Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes, Robert Louis Stevenson.

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