I adjective anarchistic, cantankerous, contemptuous, contumax, defiant, defying lawful authority, disobedient, entete, factious, fractious, headstrong, indocile, indomitable, insolent, insolently disobedient, insubordinate, intractable, mutinous, not compliant, obstinate, pertinax, perverse, rebellious, recalcitrant, recusant, refractory, refusing to obey, renitant, repulsive, resistant, resisting authority, resisting control, restive, stubbornly disobedient, stubbornly rebellious, uncomplying, ungovernable, unmanageable, unreasonable, unsubmissive, willfully disrespectful associated concepts: contumacious conduct, contumacious witness II index contentious, disobedient, disorderly, froward, impertinent (insolent), inflexible, insolent, insubordinate, intractable, lawless, perverse, recalcitrant, recusant, restive, unruly

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  • Contumacious — Con tu*ma cious, a. [L. contumax, acis. See {Contumacy}.] 1. Exhibiting contumacy; contemning authority; obstinate; perverse; stubborn; disobedient. [1913 Webster] There is another very, efficacious method for subding the most obstinate,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contumacious — (adj.) c.1600, from L. contumaci , stem of contumax haughty, insolent, obstinate (see CONTUMELY (Cf. contumely)) + OUS (Cf. ous) …   Etymology dictionary

  • contumacious — rebellious, *insubordinate, mutinous, seditious, factious Analogous words: *contrary, perverse, froward: refractory, recalcitrant, intractable, ungovernable, *unruly, headstrong Antonyms: obedient Contrasted words: *compliant, acquiescent,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • contumacious — [adj] headstrong, obstinate alienated, contrary, disaffected, estranged, factious, froward, haughty, inflexible, insubordinate, insurgent, intractable, intransigent, irreconcilable, mutinous, obdurate, perverse, pig headed, rebellious,… …   New thesaurus

  • contumacious — [kän΄tyo͞o mā′shəs, kän΄təmā′shəs] adj. [< CONTUMACY + OUS] obstinately resisting authority; insubordinate; disobedient contumaciously adv …   English World dictionary

  • contumacious — adjective /ˌkɒn.tjʊˈmeɪ.ʃəs,ˌkɑːn.tʊˈmeɪ.ʃəs,ˌkɑːn.tjəˈmeɪ.ʃəs/ a) Contemptuous of authority; willfully disobedient; rebellious. The queen hears of it; takes occaſion to paſſe wher he is, on purpoſe, that, under prætense of reconſiling to him, or …   Wiktionary

  • contumacious — adjective Date: 1583 stubbornly disobedient ; rebellious • contumaciously adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • contumacious — contumaciously, adv. contumaciousness, contumacity /kon too mas i tee, tyoo /, n. /kon too may sheuhs, tyoo /, adj. stubbornly perverse or rebellious; willfully and obstinately disobedient. [1590 1600; CONTUMACY + OUS] Syn. contrary, pigheaded,… …   Universalium

  • contumacious — Synonyms and related words: alienated, beyond control, breachy, contrary, defiant, disaffected, estranged, factious, fractious, froward, impatient of control, incorrigible, indocile, indomitable, insuppressible, insurgent, intractable,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • contumacious — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. insubordinate, disobedient, unyielding, intractable; see obstinate , rebellious 2 , 3 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Marked by defiance: defiant, recalcitrant. See RESIST …   English dictionary for students

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