American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2

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Author: Noah Webster

Recusant

RECU’SANT, a. s as z. [L. recusans, recuso, to refuse; re and the root of causa, signifying to drive. The primary sense is to repel or drive back.]

Refusing to acknowledge the supremacy of the king, or to conform to the established rites of the church; as a recusant lord.

RECU’SANT, n. [supra.]

1. In English history, a person who refuses to acknowledge the supremacy of the king in matters of religion; as a popish recusant, who acknowledges the supremacy of the pope.

2. One who refuses communion with the church of England; a non-conformist.

All that are recusants of holy rites.

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Recusant," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed September 22, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DM1C3JM731N4U31.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Recusant." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 22 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DM1C3JM731N4U31.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Recusant' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 22 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DM1C3JM731N4U31.