Contumacies
Contumacy Con"tu*ma*cy, n.; pl. {Contumacies}. [L. contumacia, fr. contumax, -acis, insolent; prob. akin to contemnere to despise: cf. F. contumace. Cf. {Contemn}.] 1. Stubborn perverseness; pertinacious resistance to authority. [1913 Webster]

The bishop commanded him . . . to be thrust into the stocks for his manifest and manifold contumacy. --Strype. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) A willful contempt of, and disobedience to, any lawful summons, or to the rules and orders of court, as a refusal to appear in court when legally summoned.

Syn: Stubbornness; perverseness; obstinacy. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • contumacies — con·tu·ma·cy || kÉ’ntjÊŠmÉ™sɪ n. stubbornness, obstinacy; insubordination, disobedience …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Contumacy — Con tu*ma*cy, n.; pl. {Contumacies}. [L. contumacia, fr. contumax, acis, insolent; prob. akin to contemnere to despise: cf. F. contumace. Cf. {Contemn}.] 1. Stubborn perverseness; pertinacious resistance to authority. [1913 Webster] The bishop… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contumacy — /kon too meuh see, tyoo /, n., pl. contumacies. stubborn perverseness or rebelliousness; willful and obstinate resistance or disobedience to authority. [1150 1200; ME contumacie < L contumacia, equiv. to contumac , s. of contumax unyielding,… …   Universalium

  • contumacy — /ˈkɒntʃuməsi/ (say konchoohmuhsee) noun (plural contumacies) 1. stubborn perverseness or rebelliousness; wilful and obstinate resistance or disobedience to authority. 2. Law wilful refusal to obey an order of a court. {Middle English contumacie,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • contumacy — [kän′tyo͞o mə sē, kän′təmə sē] n. pl. contumacies [ME contumacie < L contumacia < contumax, haughty, stubborn < com , intens. + tumere, to swell up: see TUMOR] stubborn refusal to submit to authority, esp. that of a law court;… …   English World dictionary

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