Know Your Next Word : contumacious

20. contumacious :

adjective :

1. Stubborn, insubordinate

2. willfully and obstinately disobedient

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.)

  • There is another very, efficacious method for subding the most obstinate, contumacious sinner.

  • A contumaceous witness is subject to punishment.

    Related Forms :

    contumaciousness & contumacity : noun

    contumaciously : adverb

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