- a person who refuses to obey an established authority; specif., in England in the 16th to 18th cent., a Roman Catholic who refused to attend the services of the Church of England or to recognize its authority
- any dissenter or nonconformist
Origin of recusantClassical Latin recusans, present participle of recusare, to reject from re-, against + causari, to dispute, pretend from causa, reason, cause
of or like a recusant
- One of the Roman Catholics in England who incurred legal and social penalties in the 1500s and afterward for refusing to attend services of the Church of England.
- A dissenter; a nonconformist.
- (historical) someone refusing to attend Church of England services, between the sixteenth and early nineteenth centuries
- anyone refusing to submit to authority or regulation
- pertaining to a recusant or to recusancy
From Latin recusare "˜refuse'.