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English noun: contumely

1. contumely (communication) a rude expression intended to offend or hurt


SamplesWhen a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse.
They yelled insults at the visiting team.


Synonymsabuse, insult, revilement, vilification


Broader (hypernym)discourtesy, disrespect


Narrower (hyponym)billingsgate, cut, invective, low blow, scurrility, stinger, vitriol, vituperation









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