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Noun: contumely  kun't(y)oo-mu-lee or kón-tyoo-mu-lee
Usage: archaic
  1. A rude expression intended to offend or hurt
    "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no contumely";
    - abuse, insult, revilement, vilification

Derived forms: contumelies

Type of: discourtesy, disrespect