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A.Word.A.Day--contumelious

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This week's theme: adjectives.

contumelious (kon-too-MEE-lee-uhs, -tyoo-) adjective

Rudely contemptuous.

[From Latin contumelia, perhaps from contumax (insolent).]

See more usage examples of contumelious in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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"No one person knows everything -- even the conceited and contumelious, neither any group nor individual is greater than the country." Oba Pius; The National Political Reform Conference; The Post (Cameroon); March 31, 2005.

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The mind is its own place, and in itself / Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. -John Milton (1608-1674) [Paradise Lost]

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