stubborn refusal to submit to authority, esp. that of a law court; insubordination; disobedience
Origin of contumacyMiddle English contumacie from Classical Latin contumacia from contumax, haughty, stubborn from com-, intensive + tumere, to swell up: see tumor
Obstinate or contemptuous resistance to authority; stubborn rebelliousness.
Origin of contumacyMiddle English contumacie from Latin contumācia from contumāx contumāc- insolent
contumacy - Legal Definition
The willful disobedience of a court’s direction, order, or summons or any other disrespectful or disruptive conduct that would justify a finding of contempt.