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recalcitrate (third-person singular simple present recalcitrates, present participle recalcitrating, simple past and past participle recalcitrated)

  1. (intransitive) To kick back; to kick against anything.
    • 1837 Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History
      [The National Assembly] has to hear of innumerable fresh revolts, Brigand expeditions; of Chateaus in the West, especially of Charter-chests, Chartiers, set on fire; for there too the overloaded Ass frightfully recalcitrates.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To express repugnance or opposition.
    • De Quincey
      The more one was indignant at being the object of such a man's contempt, the more heartily did one disdain his disdain, and recalcitrate his kicks.

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  1. second-person plural present active imperative of recalcitrō