- rude, Rude language or behaviour; scorn, insult.
Etymology: From contumelie, from contumelia, perhaps from com- + tumere "to swell".
- (RQ:Shakespeare Hamlet)
- : For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,/ The oppressor"s wrong, the proud man"s , "
- 1976: Robert Nye, Falstaff
- : I could think of no words adequate to the occasion. So I belched. Not out of , you understand. It was a sympathetic belch, a belch of brotherhood.
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