1. One who is obstinate in refusal; one standing out stubbornly against general practice or opinion. "The last rebellious recusants among the European family of nations." (De Quincey)

2. 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.

3. One who refuses communion with the Church of England; a nonconformist. "All that are recusants of holy rites." (Holyday)

(01 Mar 1998)

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