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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Contumacy \Con"tu*ma*cy\ (k[o^]n"t[-u]*m[.a]*s[y^]), n.; pl. Contumacies (k[o^]n"t[-u]*m[.a]*s[i^]z). [L. contumacia, fr. contumax, -acis, insolent; prob. akin to contemnere to despise: cf. F. contumace. Cf. Contemn.] 1. Stubborn perverseness; pertinacious resistance to authority. [1913 Webster] The bishop commanded him . . . to be thrust into the stocks for his manifest and manifold contumacy. --Strype. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) A willful contempt of, and disobedience to, any lawful summons, or to the rules and orders of court, as a refusal to appear in court when legally summoned. Syn: Stubbornness; perverseness; obstinacy. [1913 Webster]