- refusing to submit, comply, etc.
- obstinate in refusal.
- English History. refusing to attend services of the Church of England.
- a person who is recusant.
- English History. a person, especially a Roman Catholic, who refused to attend the services of the Church of England.
Origin of recusant
Examples from the Web for recusant
I bethink me—a Papist priest—a recusant—who was for some time an inmate of the hall.Rookwood
William Harrison Ainsworth
Its object is not the moral education of the recusant individuals.Liberalism
L. T. Hobhouse
Never before had a recusant daughter braved her to her face.Not Like Other Girls
Rosa N. Carey
The recusant was one Walter Simpson, the Vulcan of the parish.Scotch Wit and Humor
W. H. (Walter Henry) Howe
And then he added, "The Council will not find, at all events, that I am recusant."Sunrise
- (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
- any person who refuses to submit to authority
- (formerly, of Catholics) refusing to attend services of the Church of England
- refusing to submit to authority
Word Origin and History for recusant
"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.