from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)