[kon-too-mey-shuhs, -tyoo-]
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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

Synonyms for contumacious

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Examples from the Web for contumacious

Historical Examples of contumacious

  • But if I were to be contumacious, I might thank myself for all that would follow.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • But, the cardinal declared Huss contumacious, and excommunicated him accordingly.

  • “Countess, if thou be contumacious, I cannot shelter thee,” said Leo sternly.

    One Snowy Night

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • Hugh simply added excommunication to the contumacious deacon.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln

    Charles L. Marson

  • Audrey was inclined to be contumacious, but she would not yield the matter so meekly.

    Lover or Friend

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

British Dictionary definitions for contumacious


  1. stubbornly resistant to authority; wilfully obstinate
Derived Formscontumaciously, adverbcontumaciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for contumacious

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

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