history, refusing to acknowledge the supremacy of the king in the churc, or to conform to the established
rites of the church; as, a recusant lord.
It stated him to have placed his son in the household of the Countess of Derby, a recusant papist.Sir
1. One who is obstinate in refusal; one standing out stubbornly against general practice or opinion.
The last rebellious recusants among the European family of nations.De Quincey.
2. (Eng. Hist.) 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. Brande & C.
3. One who refuses communion with the Church of England; a nonconformist.
All that are recusants of holy rites.Holyday.
(Rec`u*sa"tion) n. [L. recusatio: cf. F. récusation.]
1. Refusal. [Obs.]
2. (Old Law) The act of refusing a judge or challenging that he shall not try the cause, on account of
his supposed partiality. Blackstone.
(Re*cu"sa*tive) a. Refusing; denying; negative. [R.] Jer. Taylor.
(Re*cuse") v. t. [F. récuser, or L. recusare. See Recusant.] (Law) To refuse or reject, as a
judge; to challenge that the judge shall not try the cause. [Obs.] Sir K. Digby.
(Re*cus"sion) n. [L. recutire, recussum, to beat back; pref. re- re- + quatere to shake.]
The act of beating or striking back.
(Red) obs. . imp. & p. p. of Read. Spenser.
(Red), v. t. To put on order; to make tidy; also, to free from entanglement or embarrassement;
generally with up; as, to red up a house. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
(Red), a. [Compar. Redder (-d?r); superl. Reddest.] [OE. red, reed, AS. reád, reód; akin to OS.
rod, OFries. rad, D. rood, G. roht, rot, OHG. rot, Dan. & Sw. röd, Icel. rauðr, rjoðr, Goth. ráuds,
W. rhudd, Armor. ruz, Ir. & Gael. ruadh, L. ruber, rufus, Gr. 'eryqro`s, Skr. rudhira, rohita; cf. L.
rutilus. &radic113. Cf. Erysipelas, Rouge, Rubric, Ruby, Ruddy, Russet, Rust.] Of the color of
blood, or of a tint resembling that color; of the hue of that part of the rainbow, or of the solar spectrum,
which is furthest from the violet part. "Fresh flowers, white and reede." Chaucer.
Your color, I warrant you, is as red as any rose.Shak.
Red is a general term, including many different shades or hues, as scarlet, crimson, vermilion, orange
red, and the like.
Red is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, red-breasted, red-cheeked, red-
faced, red-haired, red-headed, red-skinned, red-tailed, red-topped, red-whiskered, red-coasted.
Red admiral (Zoöl.), a beautiful butterfly (Vanessa Atalanta) common in both Europe and America. The
front wings are crossed by a broad orange red band. The larva feeds on nettles. Called also Atalanta
butterfly, and nettle butterfly. Red ant. (Zoöl.) (a) A very small ant (Myrmica molesta) which often