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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.
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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
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
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rec•u•sant(ˈrɛk yə zənt, rɪˈkyu zənt)
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]
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|Noun||1.||recusant - someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct|
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)
|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"
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