Word of the Day: Contumacious

con·tu·ma·cious

adjective  \ˌkän-tü-ˈmā-shəs,  -tyü-ˈ, -chə-ˈ\

Definition of CONTUMACIOUS

:  stubbornly disobedient :  rebellious
con·tu·ma·cious·ly   adverb

Examples of CONTUMACIOUS

  1. <the judge threatened to charge the contumacious witness with contempt of court>

First Known Use of CONTUMACIOUS

1583

Related to CONTUMACIOUS

Synonyms
balky, contrary, disobedient, defiant, froward, incompliant, insubordinate, intractable, obstreperous, rebel, rebellious, recalcitrant, recusant, refractory, restive, ungovernable, unruly, untoward, wayward, willful (or wilful)
Antonyms
amenable, biddable, compliant, conformable, docile, obedient, ruly, submissive, tractable

 

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contumacious

 

contumacious

PRONUNCIATION:

(kon-tuh-MAY-shuhs, -tyoo-)

MEANING:

adjective: Stubborn, insubordinate.

ETYMOLOGY:

From Latin contumacia, from contumax, contumac- (insolent).

USAGE:

“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.

http://wordsmith.org/words/contumacious.html

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