- Rudeness or disrespect shown to someone; insult.
- Insolent or disdainful language or behavior.
Derived from the latin word "contumelia" meaning rudeness, disrespect or insult.
- The ruler was not accustomed to such contumely.
- The employee was fired for contumely towards his superior.
- The student was expelled for contumely towards his teachers.
- The guest was asked to leave for contumely towards the host.
- The customer was banned for contumely towards the staff.