contumacy

contumacy

[kon-too-muh-see, -tyoo-]
noun, plural contumacies.
stubborn perverseness or rebelliousness; willful and obstinate resistance or disobedience to authority.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English contumacie < Latin contumācia, equivalent to contumāc-, stem of contumāx unyielding, stubborn (con- con- + -tum- of uncertain sense, though connected by classical authors with both contemnere to regard with contempt and tumēre to swell) + -āx adj. suffix) + -ia -ia

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contumacy (ˈkɒntjʊməsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
1.  obstinate and wilful rebelliousness or resistance to authority; insubordination; disobedience
2.  the wilful refusal of a person to appear before a court or to comply with a court order
 
[C14: from Latin contumācia, from contumāx obstinate; related to tumēre to swell, be proud]

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contumacy
late 14c., from L. contumacia, noun of quality from contumax (see contumely).
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