recusant

noun
re·​cu·​sant | \ ˈre-kyə-zənt How to pronounce recusant (audio) , ri-ˈkyü- \

Definition of recusant

1 : an English Roman Catholic of the time from about 1570 to 1791 who refused to attend services of the Church of England and thereby committed a statutory offense
2 : one who refuses to accept or obey established authority

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Other Words from recusant

recusant adjective

Examples of recusant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The uniform of the conformist — sports shirt, cardigan, tennis shoes — is as easily recognized as that of the recusant — dirty white T, sideburns, two days’ growth of beard. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "‘True West’ is back at Steppenwolf, wrestling with the ghosts of Malkovich, Sinise and Shepard," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of recusant

circa 1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for recusant

Latin recusant-, recusans, present participle of recusare to reject, oppose, from re- + causari to give a reason, from causa cause, reason

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“Recusant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recusant. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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recusant

adjective
re·​cu·​sant | \ ˈre-kyə-zənt, ri-ˈkyü- \

Legal Definition of recusant

: refusing to submit to authority the recusant witness failed to appear despite a subpoena

Other Words from recusant

recusant noun

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