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rec·u·sant

 (rĕk′yə-zənt, rĭ-kyo͞o′-)
n.
1. One of the Roman Catholics in England who incurred legal and social penalties in the 1500s and afterward for refusing to attend services of the Church of England.
2. A dissenter; a nonconformist.

rec′u·san·cy n.
rec′u·sant adj.

recusancy

resistance to authority or refusal to conform, especially in religious matters, used of English Catholics who refuse to attend the services of the Church of England. Also recusance.recusant, n., adj.
See also: Renunciation
resistance to authority or refusal to conform, especially in religious matters, used of English Catholics who refuse to attend the services of the Church of England. Also recusance. — recusant, n., adj.
See also: Catholicism
resistance to authority or refusal to conform, especially in religious matters, used of English Catholics who refuse to attend the services of the Church of England. Also called recusance. — recusant, n., adj.
See also: Religion
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.recusancy - refusal to submit to established authority; originally the refusal of Roman Catholics to attend services of the Church of England
direct action - a protest action by labor or minority groups to obtain their demands
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Helen Hackett's study of Huntington Library, MS MH 904 offers a convincing attribution of the 'Hand B Scribe', and will be of interest to scholars of English recusants.
Milward in his essay, "Meta-drama in Hamlet and Macbeth," responds to what he sees as post-play considerations in Shakespeare, that is implications not readily provable, that Shakespeare's plays reflect the anguish of English recusants, torn between the accommodation and resistance (which Milward sees as the fundamental dilemma of Hamlet's "To be or not to be").
15) The descent into hell remained an article of faith for both Catholics and Protestants, but English Recusants may have been less inclined than the compiler of Cambridge, University Library MS Mm.