contumacy

noun con·tu·ma·cy \ kən-ˈtü-mə-sē , -ˈtyü- ; ˈkän-tü- , -tyü- , -chə- \

Definition of contumacy

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

Examples of contumacy in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of contumacy

Middle English contumacie, from Anglo-French, from Latin contumacia, from contumac-, contumax rebellious


Law Dictionary

contumacy

noun con·tu·ma·cy \ kən-ˈtü-mə-sē, -ˈtyü-; ˈkän-tə-mə-sē, -tyə- \

legal Definition of contumacy

:willful disobedience of a court order

contumacious

play \ˌkän-tü-ˈmā-shəs, -tyü-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of contumacy

Latin contumacia, literally, defiance, obstinacy


Learn More about contumacy


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up contumacy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

pleasing or sweet sound

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Forms of Government Quiz

  • knupfer-painting-solon-before-croesus
  • A gerontocracy is rule by:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!