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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.

recusant

(ˈrɛkjʊzənt)
n
1. (Historical Terms) (in 16th to 18th century England) a Roman Catholic who did not attend the services of the Church of England, as was required by law
2. (Roman Catholic Church) (in 16th to 18th century England) a Roman Catholic who did not attend the services of the Church of England, as was required by law
3. any person who refuses to submit to authority
adj
4. (Historical Terms) (formerly, of Catholics) refusing to attend services of the Church of England
5. (Roman Catholic Church) (formerly, of Catholics) refusing to attend services of the Church of England
6. refusing to submit to authority
[C16: from Latin recūsāns refusing, from recūsāre from re- + causārī to dispute, from causa a cause]
ˈrecusance, ˈrecusancy n

rec•u•sant

(ˈrɛk yə zənt, rɪˈkyu zənt)
n.
1. (in 16th to 18th century England) a person, esp. a Roman Catholic, who refused to attend the services of the Church of England.
2. a person who refuses to submit, comply, etc.
adj.
3. of or characteristic of a recusant.
[1545–55; < Latin recūsant- (s. of recūsāns), present participle of recusāre to demur, object =re- re- + -cūsāre, v. derivative of causa cause]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.recusant - someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct
beatnik, beat - a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
bohemian - a nonconformist writer or artist who lives an unconventional life
dissenter, dissident, objector, protester, contestant - a person who dissents from some established policy
enfant terrible - a person whose unconventional behavior embarrasses others
heretic - a person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field (not merely religion)
maverick, rebel - someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
Adj.1.recusant - (of Catholics) refusing to attend services of the Church of England
unorthodox - breaking with convention or tradition; "an unorthodox lifestyle"
2.recusant - refusing to submit to authority; "the recusant electors...cooperated in electing a new Senate"- Mary W.Williams
disobedient - not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority; "disobedient children"
Translations

recusant

[ˈrekjʊzənt]
A. ADJrecusante
B. Nrecusante mf

recusant

adj (Rel Hist) → der/die sich weigert, dem anglikanischen Gottesdienst beizuwohnen; (fig liter)renitent
References in classic literature ?
To refuse to suffer is a sign of weakness rather than of courage, and, moreover, was it not a sort of recusance to take leave of life in despondency, an abjuration of the Christian faith which is based upon the sublime words of Jesus Christ: 'Blessed are they that mourn.
As a discernible contingent of the left in Western Europe and North America, activists as well as intellectuals, treks across to the kind of pluralist politics pilloried by Palmer, he is clearly entitled to ask whether this is a new trahison des marxistes, the latest in a repeated series of recusances that have so often plunged erstwhile socialists into rightward flight.