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Meaning of RECUSANT

Pronunciation:  'rekyuzunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct
  2. [adj]  refusing to submit to authority; "the recusant electors...cooperated in electing a new Senate"- Mary W.Williams
  3. [adj]  (of Catholics formerly) refusing to attend services of the Church of England

RECUSANT is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: disobedient, dissentient, nonconformist, unorthodox
 Antonyms: conformist
 See Also: beat, beatnik, bohemian, contestant, dissenter, dissident, enfant terrible, heretic, maverick, objector, protester, rebel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*cu"sant\ (-zat; 277), a.[L. recusans, -antis, p.
    pr. of recure to refuse, to oject to; pref. re- re + causa a
    cause, pretext: cf. F. r['e]cusant. See {Cause}, and cf.
    Obstinate in refusal; specifically, in English history,
    refusing to acknowledge the supremacy of the king in the
    churc, or to conform to the established rites of the church;
    as, a recusant lord.
          It stated him to have placed his son in the household
          of the Countess of Derby, a recusant papist. --Sir W.
  2. \Re*cu"sant\, n.
    1. One who is obstinate in refusal; one standing out
       stubbornly against general practice or opinion.
             The last rebellious recusants among the European
             family of nations.                    --De Quincey.
    2. (Eng. Hist.) A person who refuses to acknowledge the
       supremacy of the king in matters of religion; as, a Roman
       Catholic recusant, who acknowledges the supremacy of the
       pope. --Brande & C.
    3. One who refuses communion with the Church of England; a
             All that are recusants of holy rites. --Holyday.