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  1. arrogantly insolent
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How To Use contumelious In A Sentence

  • Whoever wilfully blasphemes the holy name of God by denying, cursing or contumeliously reproaching God, his creation, government or final judging of the world, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching or exposing to contempt and ridicule, the holy word of God contained in the holy scriptures shall be punished Only religious thugs love blasphemy laws | Nick Cohen
  • But I will urge these cavilling and contumelious arguments no farther, lest some physician should mistake me, and deny me physic when I am sick: for my part, I am well persuaded of physic: I can distinguish the abuse from the use, in this and many other arts and sciences: Anatomy of Melancholy
  • Jack Ketch, refused the bills with scorn, wrote back contumeliously to the old gentleman, bidding him to mind his own affairs; and the protested paper coming back, Sedley and Co. had to take it up, with the profits which they had made out of the Madras venture, and with Vanity Fair
  • In the first scene, Madoc discovers an English plot to exhume his father's bones and discard them "In some unhallowed pit, with foul disgrace/And contumelious wrong" (Southey, Madoc 128). The Allure of the Same: Robert Southey's Welsh Indians and the Rhetoric of Good Colonialism
  • [3577] Jovius concludes, it is almost fatal to great princes, through their own default or otherwise circumvented with envy and malice, to lose their honours, and die contumeliously. Anatomy of Melancholy
  • For my part, I confess my contumelious self-confidence and insolence to man, as well as blasphemy to Heaven. Anne of Geierstein
  • I've just looked in a couple of modern dictionaries, and there it is, along with 'contumeliously'. On modernizing or not modernizing Shakespeare
  • So liberty does not necessarily mean that you do whatever you want arrogantly and contumeliously, but the premise to be "WITH NO HARM TO OTHERS".
  • Naturally, there are other sides to these issues, but you'll learn more from reading the BIAW's own analysis than you would from listening to the ignorant fulminations of Joni Balter and that other lazy contumelious liberal columnist. Sound Politics: Joni Balter: Washington's laziest editorial writer?
  • While the plaintiff has not acted expeditiously in this case, I am not prepared to find that the default is intentional and contumelious, that is, in deliberate contravention of a peremptory order of the court.
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