contemptuously vs contumeliously what difference

what is difference between contemptuously and contumeliously



From contemptuous +‎ -ly.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /kənˈtɛmp.tʃu.ə, /kənˈtɛmp.tju.ə
  • (US) IPA(key): /kənˈtɛmp.tʃu.ə


contemptuously (comparative more contemptuously, superlative most contemptuously)

  1. In a disrespectful or discourteous manner; condescendingly.
    He argued with the judge contemptuously, showing no respect or remorse for his actions.
    • 1986, Treatise on Constitutional Law: Substance and Procedure, Volume 3, page 36
      Under the statute an individual who “publicly mutilates, tramples upon, defaces or treats contemptuously the flag of the United States [] ” was subject to criminal liability.


  • (in a disrespectful manner): condescendingly, disdainfully, disrespectfully

Related terms

  • contempt
  • contemptuous




contumelious +‎ -ly


contumeliously (comparative more contumeliously, superlative most contumeliously)

  1. In a contumelious, insolent manner.
    • 1648, William Petty, A Declaration Concerning the newly invented Art of Double Writing., p. 4:
      Lastly, Because I would take away all occasions which men might have to incur the danger of the penalty allowed by the Parliament by hindring them so to doe, at least untill I could so provide for my selfe, as that I need not to be extreamly rigorous against any, but such as shall contumeliously affront the Authority of my grant.

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