Recusant

Definition of Recusant

Re`cu´sant   Pronunciation: ~zat; 277
a.1.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. Scott.
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.
3.One who refuses communion with the Church of England; a nonconformist.
All that are recusants of holy rites.
- Holyday.

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alienated, antiestablishment, at odds with, at variance with, breakaway, contrary, counter-culture, deviant, differing, disagreeing, disobedient, dissentient, dissenting, dissident, froward, in opposition, indisciplined, lawless, naughty, nonconformable, nonconforming, nonobservant, obstinate, opposing, recalcitrant, refractory, sectarian, sectary, self-willed, transgressive, unadaptable, unadjustable, uncompliant, uncomplying, unconforming, underground, undisciplined, unduteous, undutiful, unsubmissive, violative, wayward, willful
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