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contumacy

PRONUNCIATION:
(KON-too/tyoo-muh-see)

MEANING:
noun: Stubborn rebelliousness or insubordination.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin contumacia, from contumax (insolent). Earliest documented use: 1386.

USAGE:
“But knowing that a failure to comply might very well be regarded as contumacy, I reluctantly surrendered the names.”
Catherine Jinks; The Inquisitor; St. Martin’s Minotaur; 2002.

See more usage examples of contumacy in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If ever the time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin. -Samuel Adams, revolutionary (27 Sep 1722-1803)

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