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Recusant   Listen

(of Catholics) refusing to attend services of the Church of England.  Synonym: dissentient.
Refusing to submit to authority.

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"Recusant" Quotes from Famous Books

... become, that one of the subordinates in the service of the authorities, whose office it was to arrest the accused, refused to perform any longer his hateful office, and being himself denounced as an accomplice, he sought safety in flight. He was captured and executed as a recusant and wizard. Eight sorcerers suffered the extreme penalty of the law on September 22. Giles Gory, a few days before, indignantly refusing to plead, was 'pressed to death,' an accustomed mode of punishing obstinate ...
— The Superstitions of Witchcraft • Howard Williams

... the Cop. But Terry was elsewhere. It is not beyond the bounds of reasonable probability that he had absented himself on purpose. "God hates a coward" is a tenet of Terry's creed. I confess to a certain sympathy with it myself. After all, a harsh lesson might not be amiss for Plooie, the recusant. Composing my soul to a non-intervention policy, I leaned back on my bench, when a pitiful ...
— From a Bench in Our Square • Samuel Hopkins Adams

... to Washington, Jefferson was mistaken. His letters show that he did exert himself very zealously to remove the objections of recusant States and statesmen, especially the Virginia leaders who were all numbered ...
— Life And Times Of Washington, Volume 2 • John Frederick Schroeder and Benson John Lossing

... was fixed and his parti pris. He was brimful of compassion, but it was all for Cecily, none for the situation or for me. (She would have marvelled, placidly, why he pitied her. I am glad I can say that.) The primitive man in him rose up as Pope of nature and excommunicated me as a creature recusant to her functions. Then deliberately Dacres undertook an office of consolation; and I fell to wondering, while Mrs. Morgan spoke her convictions plainly out, how far an impulse of reparation for a misfortune with which he had nothing to ...
— The Pool in the Desert • Sara Jeannette Duncan

Words linked to "Recusant" :   objector, bohemian, unorthodox, recuse, dissenter, disobedient, beat, recusancy, enfant terrible, heretic, maverick, conformist, beatnik, dissident, protester, rebel, contestant

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