contumacious

  • 1 contumacious — I adjective anarchistic, cantankerous, contemptuous, contumax, defiant, defying lawful authority, disobedient, entete, factious, fractious, headstrong, indocile, indomitable, insolent, insolently disobedient, insubordinate, intractable, mutinous …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Contumacious — Con tu*ma cious, a. [L. contumax, acis. See {Contumacy}.] 1. Exhibiting contumacy; contemning authority; obstinate; perverse; stubborn; disobedient. [1913 Webster] There is another very, efficacious method for subding the most obstinate,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 contumacious — (adj.) c.1600, from L. contumaci , stem of contumax haughty, insolent, obstinate (see CONTUMELY (Cf. contumely)) + OUS (Cf. ous) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 contumacious — rebellious, *insubordinate, mutinous, seditious, factious Analogous words: *contrary, perverse, froward: refractory, recalcitrant, intractable, ungovernable, *unruly, headstrong Antonyms: obedient Contrasted words: *compliant, acquiescent,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 contumacious — [adj] headstrong, obstinate alienated, contrary, disaffected, estranged, factious, froward, haughty, inflexible, insubordinate, insurgent, intractable, intransigent, irreconcilable, mutinous, obdurate, perverse, pig headed, rebellious,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 contumacious — [kän΄tyo͞o mā′shəs, kän΄təmā′shəs] adj. [< CONTUMACY + OUS] obstinately resisting authority; insubordinate; disobedient contumaciously adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 contumacious — adjective /ˌkɒn.tjʊˈmeɪ.ʃəs,ˌkɑːn.tʊˈmeɪ.ʃəs,ˌkɑːn.tjəˈmeɪ.ʃəs/ a) Contemptuous of authority; willfully disobedient; rebellious. The queen hears of it; takes occaſion to paſſe wher he is, on purpoſe, that, under prætense of reconſiling to him, or …

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  • 8 contumacious — adjective Date: 1583 stubbornly disobedient ; rebellious • contumaciously adverb …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 contumacious — contumaciously, adv. contumaciousness, contumacity /kon too mas i tee, tyoo /, n. /kon too may sheuhs, tyoo /, adj. stubbornly perverse or rebellious; willfully and obstinately disobedient. [1590 1600; CONTUMACY + OUS] Syn. contrary, pigheaded,… …

    Universalium

  • 10 contumacious — Synonyms and related words: alienated, beyond control, breachy, contrary, defiant, disaffected, estranged, factious, fractious, froward, impatient of control, incorrigible, indocile, indomitable, insuppressible, insurgent, intractable,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 11 contumacious — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. insubordinate, disobedient, unyielding, intractable; see obstinate , rebellious 2 , 3 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Marked by defiance: defiant, recalcitrant. See RESIST …

    English dictionary for students

  • 12 contumacious — con·tu·ma·cious || ‚kÉ’ntjuː meɪʃəs adj. headstrong, rebellious …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 13 contumacious — [ˌkɒntjʊ meɪʃəs] adjective archaic or Law stubbornly or wilfully disobedient to authority. Derivatives contumaciously adverb contumacy noun Origin C16: from L. contumax, contumac (perh. from con with + tumere to swell ) + ious …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 14 contumacious — a. Insolently disobedient, wilfully disrespectful, obstinate, perverse, stubborn, headstrong, heady, dogged, intractable, refractory, cross grained, stiff necked, pertinacious, obdurate …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 15 contumacious — adjective formal unreasonably disobedient contumaciously adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 contumacious — adj contrary, perverse, froward, refractory, cross grained, Scot. thrawn, wrong headed; obstinate, stubborn, stubborn as a mule, mulish, pigheaded, bullheaded; willful, self willed, intractable, headstrong, pervicacious, stiff necked, dogged,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 17 contumacious — con·tu·ma·cious …

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  • 18 contumacious — con•tu•ma•cious [[t]ˌkɒn tʊˈmeɪ ʃəs, tyʊ [/t]] adj. stubbornly perverse or rebellious; willfully disobedient • Etymology: 1590–1600; < L contumāx unyielding, stubborn (con con + tum of uncert. sense + āx adj. suffix); see acious con… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 contumacious — /kɒntʃuˈmeɪʃəs/ (say konchooh mayshuhs) adjective stubbornly perverse or rebellious; wilfully and obstinately disobedient to authority. {contumacy + ous} –contumaciously, adverb –contumaciousness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 contumacious —   a. obstinate; rebellious.    ♦ contumacy, n.    ♦ contumacity, n. such act …

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