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“contumacious adjective

History and Etymology for contumacy

Latin contumacia, literally, defiance, obstinacy 

Legal contexts are one area where you might encounter this fancy word for “rebellious” or “insubordinate” – and the link between contumacious and the law goes back to Latin. The Latin adjective contumax means “rebellious,” or, in specific cases, “showing contempt of court.” Contumacious is related to contumely, meaning “harsh language or treatment arising from haughtiness and contempt.” Both contumacious and contumely are thought to ultimately come from the Latin verb tumēre, meaning “to swell” or “to be proud.”

First Known Use of contumacious
1583, in the meaning defined above




“In general, the drug Contumax is used to relieve constipation and to empty the bowel before surgery, childbirth or certain medical procedures such as radiological examination of the bowel.”

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