2. debate, discuss, canvass; consider, examine, review, argue or talk about; threash out, talk it out, air, ventilate; join issue upon, put to the proof, Rare, discept.
contumacious, adj. contrary, perverse, froward, refractory, cross-grained, Scot. thrawn, wrong-headed; obstinate, stubborn, stubborn as a mule, mulish, pigheaded, bullheaded; willful, self-willed, intractable, headstrong, pervicacious, stiff-necked, dogged, obdurate; intransigent, uncompromising, unaccommodating, unbending, unyielding, unsubmissive, inflexible, adamant; tenacious, pertinacious, persistent; unruly, fractious, restive, unmanageable, ungovernable, uncomplying; recalcitrant, rebellious, opposed, recusant, resistant, factious; disobedient, insubordinate, disrespectful, insolent; heady, impetuous, rash.
contumacy, n. 1. perverseness, perversity, perversion, contrariety, frowardness, refractoriness, wrongheadedness; obstinacy, stubbornness, mulishness, pigheadedness, bullheadedness; willfulness, intractableness, doggedness, obduracy; intransigence, inflexibility, immovability; tenacity, pertinacity, persistence, determination, resolution.
2. disobedience, insubordination, mutiny, sedition; recalcitrance, rebelliousness, rebellion, revolt, opposition, recusancy, resistance; fractiousness, restiveness, unmanageableness; headiness, impetuosity, impetuousness; infraction, violation, breach.
contumelious, adj. 1. insulting, excoriating, denouncing, reproaching, berating, objurgating, objurgative, lashing; abusive, harsh, coarse; degrading, debasing, humiliating, mortifying; calumnious, slanderous, defamatory, opprobrious; cruel, mean, brutal; unkind, uncharitable, unbenevolent, uncordial, unfriendly; rude, churlish, boorish, bearish, rough; impolite, discourteous, uncivil, ungracious.
2. sarcastic, satirical, ironic, ironical, cynical, doubleedged; contemptuous, scornful, disdainful, mocking, derisive, derisory; sardonic, caustic, acrimonious, bitter, biting, trenchant; taunting, teasing, flouting, sneering.
3. haughty, arrogant, high and mighty, overbearing, lordly, pompous, bumptious.
contumely, n. 1. insult, affront, indignity, dishonor; contempt, scorn, derision, disdain, superciliousness; debasement, humiliation, degradation; abuse, scurrility, vituperation, invective, vulgarity; reproach, obloquy, calumny, opprobrium; sarcasm, cynicism, causticity, acrimony; impoliteness, discourteousness, discourtesy, incivility.
2. rudeness, churlishness, roughness, brusqueness, brusquerie; insolence, sauciness, pertiness, Rare, pro-cacity; arrogance, haughtiness, overbearingness, pomposity.
contuse, v. bruise, make black and blue, blacken, discolor; injure, hurt, harm, damage; bump, hit, strike, beat up.
contusion, n. bruise, black and blue mark or spot, discoloration; blemish, blotch, mark, spot, SI. hickey; injury, hurt, bump, lump, SI. boo-boo.
conundrum, n. 1. riddle, puzzle, puzzler, Chinese puzzle, poser, Inf. hard nut to crack, Inf. brain-teaser, Inf. mind-boggier, Inf. stumper, Inf. floorer; charade, rebus, anagram, logogriph, word game, acrostic, crossword puzzle.
2. enigma, mystery, secret, arcanum, crux, question, question mark; oracle, dark saying, riddle of the sphinx, obscure statement, ambiguity, equivocality.
convalescence, n. 1. recuperation, recovery, restoration, improvement; rehabilitation, remediation, treatment, cure; revival, rejuvenation, rejuvenescence, rally, return to health.