adjective \ˌkän-tü-ˈmā-shəs, -tyü-ˈ, -chə-ˈ\
Definition of CONTUMACIOUS
Examples of CONTUMACIOUS
- <the judge threatened to charge the contumacious witness with contempt of court>
First Known Use of CONTUMACIOUS
Related to CONTUMACIOUS
- balky, contrary, disobedient, defiant, froward, incompliant, insubordinate, intractable, obstreperous, rebel, rebellious, recalcitrant, recusant, refractory, restive, ungovernable, unruly, untoward, wayward, willful (or wilful)
adjective: Stubborn, insubordinate.
From Latin contumacia, from contumax, contumac- (insolent).
“Without the disciplining presence of the two heavyweights, contumacious councillors busied themselves with procedural obstruction and shouting ‘corruption’ at each other.”
Tehran’s Municipal Politics; The Economist (London, UK); Jan 25, 2003.