V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) a person who refuses to accept or conform to established authority or standards of conduct; (adj.) refusing to obey authority
Synonyms: (n.) non-conformist, insurgent, rebel, (adj.) insurgent, rebellious, lawless, defiant, dissentient, disobedient
Tips: Recusant is used to describe someone (adj.) or is someone (noun) who is obstinate in their refusal to do something and stands out because of it. It originates from the Latin recure, "to refuse, to object to." Recusants were nonconformists, especially in the Catholic religion. Today, recusant can be used in regard to anyone who refuses to accept the law or established system of rules.
The recusant student refused to take finals along with the rest of the students. (defiant) adjective
The recusant priest established a new wing of the church, based on his and his followers' unwillingness to accept certain time-honored policies. (dissentient, disobedient) adjective
The recusants started a prison riot in an effort to create a diversion for their escape. (insurgents, rebels) noun
She's been rebellious all her life and it's doubtful that she'll ever change her recusant ways. (lawless, rebellious) adjective
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