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 for Recusant
From 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.
     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.
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           It stated him to have placed his son in the household
           of the Countess of Derby, a recusant papist. --Sir W.
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From 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.
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              The last rebellious recusants among the European
              family of nations.                    --De Quincey.
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     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.
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     3. One who refuses communion with the Church of England; a
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              All that are recusants of holy rites. --Holyday.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From 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

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