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A.Word.A.Day--recusant

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recusant (REK-yu-zant, ri-KYOO-) adjective

Refusing to submit to authority; dissenting.

noun

1. One who refuses to obey authority.

2. One of the Roman Catholics during 16th and 18th century who refused to attend services of the Church of England and were punished for it.

[From Latin recusant-, stem of recusans, present participle of recusare (to recuse or object).]

See more usage examples of recusant in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"The 'recusant Republican senators' who defied their party and 'tipped the balance in favor of Johnson' won praise from Rehnquist for putting principle above politics." Gaylord Shaw; Portrait of a Trial, Newsday (New York); Jan 5, 1999.

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