contumacy

noun

con·​tu·​ma·​cy kən-ˈtü-mə-sē How to pronounce contumacy (audio)
-ˈtyü-;
ˈkän-tü-,
-tyü-,
-chə- How to pronounce contumacy (audio)
: stubborn resistance to authority
specifically : willful contempt of court

Example Sentences

a rogue archbishop who was excommunicated on grounds of contumacy

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of contumacy was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Contumacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contumacy. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Legal Definition

contumacy

noun
: willful disobedience of a court order
contumacious adjective

History and Etymology for contumacy

Latin contumacia, literally, defiance, obstinacy

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