contumacy

[ kon-too-muh-see, -tyoo- ]
/ ˈkɒn tʊ mə si, -tyʊ- /

noun, plural con·tu·ma·cies.

stubborn perverseness or rebelliousness; willful and obstinate resistance or disobedience to authority.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for contumacy

contumacy
/ (ˈkɒntjʊməsɪ) /

noun plural -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 for contumacy

C14: from Latin contumācia, from contumāx obstinate; related to tumēre to swell, be proud
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