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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
First recorded in 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
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • "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

    Anthony Trollope
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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