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Definition of recusant:

  1. 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.
  2. 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; as, a recusant lord.
  3. One who is obstinate in refusal; one standing out stubbornly against general practice or opinion.
  4. One who refuses communion with the Church of England; a nonconformist.

Synonyms:

dissident, disobedient, dissenting, chapelgoer, dissentient, unorthodox, nonconformist.

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