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Hamlet Soliloquy: To be, or not to be: that is the question (3.1.64-98)

the proud man's contumely

Contumely means scorn. It comes from the Middle English word, contumelie. The pronunciation is kn - tym - le with the accent on the first syllable. Note that this line is found in the quarto version of Hamlet. In the First Folio it is "the poor man's contumely."

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