contumacious

[ kon-too-mey-shuhs, -tyoo- ]
/ ˌkɒn tʊˈmeɪ ʃəs, -tyʊ- /

adjective

stubbornly perverse or rebellious; willfully and obstinately disobedient.

Nearby words

  1. controverse,
  2. controversial,
  3. controversy,
  4. controvert,
  5. contucci, andrea,
  6. contumacy,
  7. contumelious,
  8. contumely,
  9. contuse,
  10. contused wound

Origin of contumacious

First recorded in 1590–1600; contumacy + -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for contumacious

contumacious

/ (ˌkɒntjʊˈmeɪʃəs) /

adjective

stubbornly resistant to authority; wilfully obstinate
Derived Formscontumaciously, adverbcontumaciousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for contumacious

contumacious

adj.

c.1600, from Latin contumaci-, stem of contumax "haughty, insolent, obstinate" (see contumely) + -ous.

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