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[kon-too-mey-shuh s, -tyoo-] /ˌkɒn tʊˈmeɪ ʃəs, -tyʊ-/
stubbornly perverse or rebellious; willfully and obstinately disobedient.
Origin of contumacious
1590-1600; contumacy + -ous
Related forms
contumaciously, adverb
contumaciousness, contumacity
[kon-too-mas-i-tee, -tyoo-] /ˌkɒn tʊˈmæs ɪ ti, -tyʊ-/ (Show IPA),
noncontumacious, adjective
noncontumaciously, adverb
noncontumaciousness, noun
uncontumacious, adjective
uncontumaciously, adverb
uncontumaciousness, noun
contrary, pigheaded, factious, refractory, headstrong, intractable. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for contumaciously
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  • Who snubs him so contumaciously, when he's a little chap in jackets and they young ladies already out?

  • The Archbishop formally excommunicated her as a first step, on her contumaciously refusing to surrender her rights to a usurper.

    The Life of the Moselle Octavius Rooke
  • Having so declared he had contumaciously stalked out of the room, and had banged the door after him,—very contumaciously indeed.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • "It has answered pretty well up till now," said Martini contumaciously.

    The Gadfly E. L. Voynich
  • She represented the vanities; she was vanity itself; and now he was recklessly, contumaciously, glad of it.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for contumaciously


stubbornly resistant to authority; wilfully obstinate
Derived Forms
contumaciously, adverb
contumaciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for contumaciously



c.1600, from Latin contumaci-, stem of contumax "haughty, insolent, obstinate" (see contumely) + -ous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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