contumacy

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

Definition of contumacy

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 13th century


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contumacy

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

Legal Definition of contumacy

  1. :  willful disobedience of a court order

contumacious

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

Origin and Etymology of contumacy

Latin contumacia, literally, defiance, obstinacy


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