V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, adjective

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

Antonyms: law-abiding

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.

Usage Examples:

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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