V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: openly insubordinate and willfully obstinate--exhibiting stubborn rebelliousness

Synonyms: rebellious, disobedient, lawless, contrary, factious, insurgent, recalcitrant, incorrigible, unyielding

Antonyms: obedient, subordinate, tractable

Tips: In law, contumacious conduct refers to disobeying a court of law and refusing to appear in court or deliberately disobeying a court order. In religion, a contumacious sinner would be a rebellious, willfully disobedient person. Contumacious is a good, highbrow word choice, to use on occasion, to describe someone who is "difficult."

Usage Examples:

The dog was so contumacious that he willfully made a mess in the house whenever he was left alone. (incorrigible, disobedient)

Your contumacious and willful misconduct in the courtroom has cost you a chance for appeal. (rebellious, contrary)

Your contumacious behavior doesn't make you look tough, just stupid. (lawless, recalcitrant)

My friend's contumacious actions made it difficult to support her in her quest for a promotion. (factious, incorrigible)

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