contumely: a harsh dressing-down, or insulting display of contempt in language or actions.

* Apparently most spotted in Shakespeare, and hardly ever used these days. As an aside: you might see from recent posts that I’m getting through a China Mieville book, so you can guess where this odd little fellow comes from!

** Double Aside: I am sure that Mr. Mieville is on a personal quest to sneak concatenation somewhere into every book. So far spotted in October once! 🙂

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