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[kon-too-mey-shuh s, -tyoo-]
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  1. stubbornly perverse or rebellious; willfully and obstinately disobedient.

Origin of contumacious

First recorded in 1590–1600; contumacy + -ous
Related formscon·tu·ma·cious·ly, adverbcon·tu·ma·cious·ness, con·tu·mac·i·ty [kon-too-mas-i-tee, -tyoo-] /ˌkɒn tʊˈmæs ɪ ti, -tyʊ-/, nounnon·con·tu·ma·cious, adjectivenon·con·tu·ma·cious·ly, adverbnon·con·tu·ma·cious·ness, nounun·con·tu·ma·cious, adjectiveun·con·tu·ma·cious·ly, adverbun·con·tu·ma·cious·ness, noun


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contrary, pigheaded, factious, refractory, headstrong, intractable.
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Examples from the Web for contumaciously

Historical Examples

  • Who snubs him so contumaciously, when he's a little chap in jackets and they young ladies already out?

    Cecil Castlemaine's Gage, Lady Marabout's Troubles, and Other Stories


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

  • "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

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

    Ayala's Angel</p>

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for contumaciously


  1. stubbornly resistant to authority; wilfully obstinate
Derived Formscontumaciously, adverbcontumaciousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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