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recreant

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adjective rec·re·ant \ˈre-krē-ənt\

Definition of recreant

  1. 1 :  crying for mercy :  cowardly

  2. 2 :  unfaithful to duty or allegiance



Examples of recreant

  1. <the victors had only contempt for the recreant enemy soldiers who surrendered without firing a shot>

  2. <recreant campaign workers who walked out as soon as their candidate began dropping in the polls>



Origin of recreant

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from present participle of (se) recreire to give up, yield, from Medieval Latin (se) recredere to resign oneself (to a judgment), from Latin re- + credere to believe — more at creed


First Known Use: 14th century


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recreant

noun rec·re·ant

Definition of recreant



Examples of recreant

  1. <traditionally armies have dealt harshly with recreants, with execution being a common punishment for desertion during wartime>

  2. <the historian reserved his greatest contempt for those recreants who opposed the witch hunt but lacked the courage to speak out against it>



15th Century

First Known Use of recreant

15th century


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