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[kon-too-muh-see, -tyoo-] /ˈkɒn tʊ mə si, -tyʊ-/
noun, plural contumacies.
stubborn perverseness or rebelliousness; willful and obstinate resistance or disobedience to authority.
Origin of contumacy
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 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -cies
obstinate and wilful rebelliousness or resistance to authority; insubordination; disobedience
the wilful refusal of a person to appear before a court or to comply with a court order
Word Origin
C14: from Latin contumācia, from contumāx obstinate; related to tumēre to swell, be proud
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Word Origin and History for contumacy

late 14c., from Latin contumacia "haughtiness, insolence," noun of quality from contumax (see contumely).

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