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rec·u·sant  audio  (rky-znt, r-ky-) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. One of the Roman Catholics in England who incurred legal and social penalties in the 16th century and afterward for refusing to attend services of the Church of England.
  2. A dissenter; a nonconformist.


OTHER FORMS:
recu·san·cy(Noun), recu·sant(Adjective)


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