A person who refuses to submit to an authority or to comply with a regulation.
Mid 16th century: from Latin recusant- ‘refusing’, from the verb recusare (see recuse).
“They were involved in a recusant network.”
Originally: a bald head; a bald-headed person. In later use also: a pitiable, lowly, or foolish person; a shabby or unkempt person. Frequently used without article, as though a proper name.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in John Skelton (c1460–1529), poet. In some forms apparently partly from pilled + garlic and partly from peeled + garlic; in some forms apparently partly from pill + garlic and partly from peel + garlic.