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Recusant

- Noun

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.

- Noun

One who is obstinate in refusal; one standing out stubbornly against general practice or opinion.

- Noun

One who refuses communion with the Church of England; a nonconformist.


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