- stubbornly perverse or rebellious; willfully and obstinately disobedient.
Origin of contumacious
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Examples from the Web for contumaciously
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
"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
Having so declared he had contumaciously stalked out of the room, and had banged the door after him,—very contumaciously indeed.Ayala's Angel
- stubbornly resistant to authority; wilfully obstinate
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Word Origin and History for contumaciously
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