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recusant


a recusant imprisoned in the Tower of London
  history:  a Catholic who broke the law by refusing to attend services of the Church of England between the 16th and 18th centuries
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  • a recusant imprisoned in the Tower of London
  • She soon knew thus much of the recusant’s appearance.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Adam was not in his usual place among the singers to-day, for he sat with his mother and Seth, and he noticed with surprise that Bartle Massey was absent too—all the more agreeable for Mr. Joshua Rann, who gave out his bass notes with unusual complacency and threw an extra ray of severity into the glances he sent over his spectacles at the recusant Will Maskery.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • It was as much injured by its charges in fitting out an armament against the Spaniards, during the time of the Armada, as by the fines and confiscations levied on it by Elizabeth for harbouring of priests, obstinate recusancy, and popish misdoings.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair

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  • On examining her heart it appeared beyond measure strange that the subject of which the season might have been supposed suggestive—the event in the hall at Boldwood’s—was not agitating her at all; but instead, an agonizing conviction that everybody abjured her—for what she could not tell—and that Oak was the ringleader of the recusants.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
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Associated words [difficulty]:   recusant
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