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Definition of "recusant" [re•cu•sant]

  • One of the Roman Catholics in England who incurred legal and social penalties in the 16th century and afterward for refusing to attend services of the Church of England. (noun)
  • A dissenter; a nonconformist. (noun)

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 "recusant" in a sentence
  • "Haman being an Amalekite, one of a doomed and accursed race, was, doubtless, another element in the refusal; and on learning that the recusant was a Jew, whose nonconformity was grounded on religious scruples, the magnitude of the affront appeared so much the greater, as the example of Mordecai would be imitated by all his compatriots."
  • ""recusant," yet was High Sheriff of his county in 1589."
  • "I have often had an interest in the English recusant families, and recently I came across, quite by accident, the Constable family of Everingham who were one of the families that remained Catholic after the English reformation."