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

a rogue archbishop who was excommunicated on grounds of contumacy

First Known Use of contumacy

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for contumacy

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

Latin contumacia, literally, defiance, obstinacy

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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

Other words from contumacy

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

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