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


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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


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