American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One of the Roman Catholics in England who incurred legal and social penalties in the 16th century and afterward for refusing to attend services of the Church of England.
- n. A dissenter; a nonconformist.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Obstinate in refusal; specifically, in English history, refusing to attend divine service in Anglican churches, or to acknowledge the ecclesiastical supremacy of the crown.
- n. One obstinate in refusing; one who will not conform to general opinion or practice.
- n. Specifically, in English history, one who refused to attend divine worship in Anglican churches, or to acknowledge the ecclesiastical supremacy of the crown. Heavy penalties were inflicted on such persons, but they pressed far more lightly on the simple recusant or nonconformist than on the Roman Catholic recusant, the chief object being to secure national unity and loyalty to the crown, in opposition to papal excommunications, which declared British subjects absolved from their allegiance (as in 1570), and to plots against the government. The name recusant, though legally applied to both Protestants and Roman Catholics, was in general given especially to the latter.
- n. historical someone refusing to attend Church of England services, between the sixteenth and early nineteenth centuries
- n. anyone refusing to submit to authority or regulation
- adj. pertaining to a recusant or to recusancy
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Obstinate in refusal; specifically, in English history, refusing to acknowledge the supremacy of the king in the churc, or to conform to the established rites of the church.
- n. One who is obstinate in refusal; one standing out stubbornly against general practice or opinion.
- n. (Eng. Hist.) A person who refuses to acknowledge the supremacy of the king in matters of religion.
- n. One who refuses communion with the Church of England; a nonconformist.
- adj. (of Catholics) refusing to attend services of the Church of England
- adj. refusing to submit to authority
- n. someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct
- From Latin recusare ‘refuse’. (Wiktionary)
“Haman being an Amalekite, one of a doomed and accursed race, was, doubtless, another element in the refusal; and on learning that the recusant was a Jew, whose nonconformity was grounded on religious scruples, the magnitude of the affront appeared so much the greater, as the example of Mordecai would be imitated by all his compatriots.”
“recusant," yet was High Sheriff of his county in 1589.”
“I have often had an interest in the English recusant families, and recently I came across, quite by accident, the Constable family of Everingham who were one of the families that remained Catholic after the English reformation.”
“At the heart is Byrd's Mass for Five Voices, dating from the 1590s when he was a Catholic recusant, paired with Palestrina's richly woven motet Tu es Petrus, written for Rome and sounding slightly pallid and earthbound here.”
“I am a recusant transportation economist and regional planner, displaced from England by the abolition of the Greater London Council and a dislike of Thatcherism.”
“It can be a double whammy - from the seller and ebay. — recusant”
“His vows, yes, he declares himself recusant, he is absent and unblessed.”
“Reginald S. Mowbray, turned his recusant son Scrogie fairly out of doors; and the fellow would have paid for his plebeian spirit with a vengeance, had he not found refuge with a surviving partner of the original Scrogie of all, who still carried on the lucrative branch of traffic by which the family had been first enriched.”
“And besides, your father, while he in a manner prohibits me from returning to Edinburgh, gives me the strongest reasons for continuing a little while longer in this country, by holding out the hope that I may receive from your old friend, Mr. Herries of Birrenswork, some particulars concerning my origin, with which that ancient recusant seems to be acquainted.”
“Dorothy was presently heard screaming upstairs, or more probably up a ladder, to the cock loft, to which the recusant apprentice had made an untimely retreat; a muttered answer was returned, and soon after Conachar appeared in the eating apartment.”
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