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recant

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of recant

  1. to solemnly or formally reject or go back on (as something formerly adhered to) <the Inquisition forced Galileo to recant his support of the Copernican observation that the earth revolves around the sun> Synonyms abnegate, forswear (also foreswear), abjure, renege, renounce, repeal, repudiate, retract, take back, unsay, withdrawRelated Words contradict, deny, disavow, disclaim, disown, gainsay, negate, negative; abandon, bolt, forsake, give up, relinquish, spurn, surrender; controvert, disagree (with), disprove, dispute, rebut, refute; back down, back off, backtrack; disallow, recall, revokeNear Antonyms acknowledge, admit, affirm, assert, avow, claim, contend, declare, maintain, proclaim, profess, state, vouch, vow; back, confirm, defend, endorse (also indorse), espouse, maintain, support, uphold; accept, adopt, embraceAntonyms adhere (to)




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