contumacy


con·tu·ma·cy

noun \kən-ˈtü-mə-sē, -ˈtyü-; ˈkän-tü-, -tyü-, -chə-\

Definition of CONTUMACY

:  stubborn resistance to authority; specifically :  willful contempt of court

Examples of CONTUMACY

  1. <a rogue archbishop who was excommunicated on grounds of contumacy>

Origin of CONTUMACY

Middle English contumacie, from Anglo-French, from Latin contumacia, from contumac-, contumax rebellious
First Known Use: 13th century

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