One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Resistant to compulsion or persuasion; uncooperative, recalcitrant; unwilling, reluctant.
With the. Renitent people as a class.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in George Abbot (1562–1633), archbishop of Canterbury. From French rénitent offering physical resistance to pressure or deformation, (now regional (Switzerland)) recalcitrant, unwilling, reluctant or its etymon classical Latin renītent-, renītēns, present participle of renītī.
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