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 contumacia, from contumax, contumac-, 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.