noun re·cu·sant \-zənt\

Definition of RECUSANT

:  an English Roman Catholic of the time from about 1570 to 1791 who refused to attend services of the Church of England and thereby committed a statutory offense
:  one who refuses to accept or obey established authority
recusant adjective

Origin of RECUSANT

Latin recusant-, recusans, present participle of recusare to reject, oppose, from re- + causari to give a reason, from causa cause, reason
First Known Use: circa 1553


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