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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct;
[syn: nonconformist, recusant]


ADJECTIVE (2)

1. (of Catholics) refusing to attend services of the Church of England;
[syn: dissentient, recusant]

2. refusing to submit to authority;
- Example: "the recusant electors...cooperated in electing a new Senate"- Mary W.Williams


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Recusant \Re*cu"sant\ (-zat; 277), a.[L. recusans, -antis, p. pr. of recure to refuse, to oject to; pref. re- re + causa a cause, pretext: cf. F. r['e]cusant. See Cause, and cf. Ruse.] Obstinate in refusal; specifically, in English history, refusing to acknowledge the supremacy of the king in the church, or to conform to the established rites of the church; as, a recusant lord. [1913 Webster] It stated him to have placed his son in the household of the Countess of Derby, a recusant papist. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Recusant \Re*cu"sant\, n. 1. One who is obstinate in refusal; one standing out stubbornly against general practice or opinion. [1913 Webster] The last rebellious recusants among the European family of nations. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster] 2. (Eng. Hist.) A person who refuses to acknowledge the supremacy of the king in matters of religion; as, a Roman Catholic recusant, who acknowledges the supremacy of the pope. --Brande & C. [1913 Webster] 3. One who refuses communion with the Church of England; a nonconformist. [1913 Webster] All that are recusants of holy rites. --Holyday. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

recusant adj 1: (of Catholics) refusing to attend services of the Church of England [syn: dissentient, recusant] 2: refusing to submit to authority; "the recusant electors...cooperated in electing a new Senate"- Mary W.Williams n 1: someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct [syn: nonconformist, recusant] [ant: conformist]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "recusant": alienated, antiestablishment, at odds with, at variance with, breakaway, contrary, counter-culture, deviant, differing, disagreeing, disobedient, dissentient, dissenting, dissident, froward, in opposition, indisciplined, lawless, naughty, nonconformable, nonconforming, nonobservant, obstinate, opposing, recalcitrant, refractory, sectarian, sectary, self-willed, transgressive, unadaptable, unadjustable, uncompliant, uncomplying, unconforming, underground, undisciplined, unduteous, undutiful, unsubmissive, violative, wayward, willful