Definition of contumacious in English:

contumacious

adjective

Law
archaic
  • (especially of a defendant's behavior) stubbornly or willfully disobedient to authority.

    • ‘Parliament was intending to impose a penalty on a contumacious employer who decides he is not going to give the employee the required statement.’
    • ‘These contumacious students were, as students frequently are, inebriated by ideas to the point of silliness.’
    • ‘I have found him to be in wilful and contumacious breach of the injunction on him, which I am quite certain he knew perfectly well he had to obey in every respect.’
    • ‘The current law in Ontario is that, in order to be ordered to pay costs personally, a solicitor, acting in bad faith, must be guilty of outrageous conduct that is contumacious and so egregious as to engage the contempt powers of the court.’
    stubborn, headstrong, wilful, unyielding, inflexible, unbending, intransigent, intractable, obdurate, mulish, stubborn as a mule, pig-headed, bull-headed, self-willed, strong-minded, strong-willed, contrary, perverse, recalcitrant, refractory, uncooperative, unmanageable, cross-grained, stiff-necked, stiff, rigid, steely, iron-willed, uncompromising, implacable, relentless, unrelenting, unpersuadable, immovable, unmalleable, unshakeable, inexorable, with one's feet dug in, with one's toes dug in, persistent, persevering, tenacious, pertinacious, dogged, single-minded, adamant, firm, steadfast, determined
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Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin contumax, contumac- (perhaps from con- with + tumere to swell) + -ious.

Pronunciation

contumacious

/ˌkänt(y)o͝oˈmāSHəs/