Definition of contumacy in English:



  • Stubborn refusal to obey or comply with authority, especially a court order or summons.

    • ‘As is pointed out in the cases cited, there is no statutory definition of contumacy.’
    • ‘These insults… his contumacy… this behavior was the last straw!’
    • ‘Sometimes, indeed, he is outrageous, as when he suggests that the mere act of believing or accepting the Christian message is a manifestation of human pride, self-will, contumacy, and sin.’
    • ‘That which hath been revealed unto thee from thy Lord is certain to increase the contumacy and disbelief of many of them, and We have cast among them enmity and hatred till the Day of Resurrection.’
    stubbornness, inflexibility, intransigence, intractability, intractableness, obduracy, mulishness, pig-headedness, bull-headedness, wilfulness, self-will, strong-mindedness, contrariness, perversity, perverseness, uncooperativeness, recalcitrance, refractoriness, unmanageableness, stiffness, rigidity, steeliness, implacability, relentlessness, immovability, persistence, persistency, tenacity, tenaciousness, doggedness, pertinacity, pertinaciousness, single-mindedness, firmness, steadfastness, determination
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Middle English: from Latin contumacia inflexibility from contumax (see contumacious).