Contumelious vs Docile - What's the difference?

contumelious | docile |


As adjectives the difference between contumelious and docile

is that contumelious is (archaic|literary) rudely contemptuous; showing contumely; insolent or disdainful while docile is yielding to control or supervision, direction, or management.

contumelious

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • (archaic, literary) Rudely contemptuous; showing contumely; insolent or disdainful.
  • * 1879 ,
  • The pad would not stay on Modestine‚Äôs back for half a moment. I returned it to its maker, with whom I had so contumelious a passage that the street outside was crowded from wall to wall with gossips looking on and listening.

    Synonyms

    * (rudely contemptuous) disdainful, insolent

    docile

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Yielding to control or supervision, direction, or management.
  • Ready to accept instruction or direction.
  • Synonyms

    * (yielding to control): compliant, malleable, meek, submissive, tractable * (ready to accept instruction): amenable, compliant, teachable

    Antonyms

    * (yielding to control): rebellious, wilful

    Derived terms

    * docilely * docility

    Anagrams

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