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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 in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology 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 in a Sentence

  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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