Origin of contumaciousfrom contumacy + -ous
An example of contumacious is someone who will absolutely not wear a seat belt because they don't like to be told what to do.
(comparative more contumacious, superlative most contumacious)
From Latin contumāx (“stubborn, obstinate”)
- His earliest ally was Ahmed "Jezzar," who established himself in Acre in contumacious independence late in the 18th century.
- The first muttering of the storm which was soon to break was heard in a breve issued in 1741 by Benedict XIV., wherein he denounced the Jesuit offenders as "disobedient, contumacious, captious and reprobate persons," and enacted many stringent regulations for their better government.
- Disobedience to or contempt of the ecclesiastical courts is to be punished by a new writ, de contumace capiendo, to follow on the certificate of the judge that the defender is contumacious and in contempt.
- And Francis of France in 1516; and the council of Trent, while insisting on far more stringent conditions for lawful marriage than those which had prevailed in the middle ages, imposed at last heavy ecclesiastical penalties on concubinage and appealed to the secular arm for help against contumacious offenders (Sessio xxiv.
- The first won because the general trend of the world was in their favor, and because their opponents were blind, contumacious, and divided among themselves.