What does the word contumacious mean?

    Part of speech: adverb

  • Contumaciously.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Contumaciousness.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Rebellious; refractory.

Usage examples for contumacious

  1. I should take some shame to myself but that I feel more of grateful pride than of natural shame in the avowal that I at all events owe the first revelation of the truth now so clear and apparent in this matter, to the son of the common lord and master of all poets born in his age- be they liege subjects as loyal as myself or as contumacious as I grieve to find one at least of my elders and betters, whenever I perceive- as too often I cannot choose but perceive- that the voice is the voice of Arnold, but the hand is the hand of Sainte- Beuve. – A Study of Shakespeare by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  2. The commissioners associated sixteen others of the contumacious gentlemen with the four chiefs, and declared: That the accused, found guilty of criminal projects, of treason, and of felonious intentions, should be beheaded: those present, in person, those absent, in effigy. – The Regent's Daughter by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  3. I know too well the contumacious obstinacy of the class to which I suspect thou belongest, to waste further words. – Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton