1. Exhibiting contumely; rudely contemptuous; insolent; disdainful.
Scoffs, and scorns, and contumelious taunts.
Curving a contumelious lip.
2. Shameful; disgraceful. [Obs.] Dr. H. More.
Con`tu*me"li*ous*ly, adv. Con`tu*me"li*ous*ness, n.
(Con"tu*me*ly) n. [L. contumelia, prob. akin to contemnere to despise: cf. OF. contumelie.
Cf. Contumacy.] Rudeness compounded of haughtiness and contempt; scornful insolence; despiteful
treatment; disdain; contemptuousness in act or speech; disgrace.
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely.
Nothing aggravates tyranny so much as contumely.
(Con*tuse") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contused ; p. pr. & vb. n. Contusing.] [L. contusus, p.
p. of contundere to beat, crush; con- + tundere to beat, akin to Skr. tud (for stud) to strike, Goth.
stautan. See Stutter.]
1. To beat, pound, or bray together.
Roots, barks, and seeds contused together.
2. To bruise; to injure or disorganize a part without breaking the skin.
Contused wound, a wound attended with bruising.
(Con*tu"sion) n. [L. contusio: cf. F. contusion.]
1. The act or process of beating, bruising, or pounding; the state of being beaten or bruised.
2. (Med.) A bruise; an injury attended with more or less disorganization of the subcutaneous tissue and
effusion of blood beneath the skin, but without apparent wound.
(Co*nun"drum) n. [Origin unknown.]
1. A kind of riddle based upon some fanciful or fantastic resemblance between things quite unlike; a
puzzling question, of which the answer is or involves a pun.
Or pun ambiguous, or conundrum quaint.
2. A question to which only a conjectural answer can be made.
Do you think life is long enough to let me speculate on conundrums like that?
(Co*nure") n. [NL. conurus, fr. Gr. a cone + tail. The name alludes to the tapering tail.] (Zoöl.)
An American parrakeet of the genus Conurus. Many species are known. See Parrakeet.
(||Co"nus) n. [L., a cone.]
1. A cone.
2. (Zoöl.) A Linnean genus of mollusks having a conical shell. See Cone, n., 4.