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Definition of "contumacious" [con•tu•ma•cious]

  • Obstinately disobedient or rebellious; insubordinate. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "contumacious" in a sentence
  • "Simply put, like whoever posted the diatribe "Traitors to Democracy, Traitors to America, Enemies of Democracy," you show your kinship to the Jacobins of the French Revolution; desirousness of murdering, oops, I should say liberating with extreme prejudice those who are "contumacious" of your socialist/fascist agenda."
  • "She sighed especially over "contumacious"; it was so beautifully long."
  • "She was in the act of fixing up "contumacious," and making it a little more un-English if possible, when the poke awoke her to her surroundings."