[ UK /ɹɪkjˈuːsənsi/ ]
  1. refusal to submit to established authority; originally the refusal of Roman Catholics to attend services of the Church of England
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How To Use recusancy In A Sentence

  • Whereas the first Lord was a Church Papist, externally compliant with the law of conformity, Sir William II was twice presented for Catholic recusancy.
  • It is noticeable that Catholic recusancy was generally stronger in eastern than western Wales; it may have been easier to maintain conservative dissent in the less effectively structured marcher region.
  • However his continuing recusancy could only have increased the tense relationship with authority which his seemingly seditious plays had instigated.
  • He was suspected of recusancy, and in 1569 and 1570 was charged with possessing popish and dangerous writings; he was examined before the ecclesiastical commission, but escaped without punishment.
  • In 1606, Shakespeare's daughter Susanna was cited on suspicion of recusancy, but the charge was dropped.
  • For the religious group that went in a few years from dominance to recusancy, to being a persecuted minority in its own country, life must have seemed full of sudden reversals and paradoxes.
  • Educated at home by Catholic tutors, Donne went at the age of 11 to Hart Hall, Oxford (now Hertford College), favoured by Catholics because it had no chapel, so that recusancy attracted less notice.
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