Contumely is an old-fashioned term that means "nasty, insulting speech," like the contumely heaped on the opposing team by a home team's fans.

Don't be led astray by that -ly ending: contumely is a noun, not an adverb. Use contumely when you need an impressive (if obscure) way to say "contemptuous language" or "offensive behavior." You might stop a bully in his tracks by shouting, "I don't have to put up with this contumely!" Experts believe this word comes from the Latin contumax, "haughty or insolent."

Definitions of contumely

n a rude expression intended to offend or hurt

abuse, insult, revilement, vilification
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low blow
unscrupulous abuse
billingsgate, scurrility
foul-mouthed or obscene abuse
cut, stinger
a remark capable of wounding mentally
invective, vitriol, vituperation
abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
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discourtesy, disrespect
an expression of lack of respect

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