Definition of contumely:
misuse, vituperation, affront, malignment, reviling, attack, offense, abuse, obloquy, revilement, praise, maltreatment, despite, smear, ill-treatment, outrage, indignity, billingsgate, invective, railing, slight, insult, scurrility, ill-usage, vilification, scurrilousness.
- "The Valley of the Giants", Peter B. Kyne.
- "The Pacha of Many Tales", Captain Frederick Marryat.
What I have already said on this subject will, I think, establish two points, first, that the voluntary system does not work well for society; and secondly, that the ministers of the churches are treated with such tyranny and contumely, as to warrant the assertion, that in a country, like the United States, where a man may, in any other profession, become independent in a few years, the number of those who enter into the ministry must decrease at the very time that the population and demand for them will increase.- "Diary in America, Series One", Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat).