recusant


recusant

adjective

  1. refusing to submit, comply, etc.
  2. obstinate in refusal.
  3. English History. refusing to attend services of the Church of England.

noun

  1. a person who is recusant.
  2. English History. a person, especially a Roman Catholic, who refused to attend the services of the Church of England.

noun

  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

adjective

  1. (formerly, of Catholics) refusing to attend services of the Church of England
  2. refusing to submit to authority
adj.

“obstinate in refusal,” 1550s, from Latin recusantem (nominative recusans) “refusing to obey,” present participle of recusare “make an objection against; decline, refuse, reject; be reluctant to” (see recuse). The noun meaning “one obstinate in refusing” is from 1610s.

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