recusant

recusant

[rek-yuh-zuhnt, ri-kyoo-zuhnt]
adjective
1.
refusing to submit, comply, etc.
2.
obstinate in refusal.
3.
English History. refusing to attend services of the Church of England.
noun
4.
a person who is recusant.
5.
English History. a person, especially a Roman Catholic, who refused to attend the services of the Church of England.

Origin:
1545–55; < Latin recūsant- (stem of recūsāns), present participle of recusāre to demur, object, equivalent to re- re- + -cūsāre, verbal derivative of causa cause; see -ant

unrecusant, adjective
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recusant (ˈrɛkjʊzənt)
 
n
1.  (in 16th to 18th century England) a Roman Catholic who did not attend the services of the Church of England, as was required by law
2.  any person who refuses to submit to authority
 
adj
3.  (formerly, of Catholics) refusing to attend services of the Church of England
4.  refusing to submit to authority
 
[C16: from Latin recūsāns refusing, from recūsāre from re- + causārī to dispute, from causa a cause]
 
'recusance
 
n
 
'recusancy
 
n

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