recreant

adjective
rec·re·ant | \ˈre-krē-ənt \

Definition of recreant 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : crying for mercy : cowardly

2 : unfaithful to duty or allegiance

recreant

noun

Definition of recreant (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for recreant

Synonyms: Adjective

disloyal, faithless, false, fickle, inconstant, perfidious, traitorous, treacherous, unfaithful, untrue

Synonyms: Noun

apostate, defector, deserter, renegade

Antonyms: Adjective

constant, dedicated, devoted, devout, faithful, fast, loyal, staunch (also stanch), steadfast, steady, true

Antonyms: Noun

loyalist

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Examples of recreant in a Sentence

Adjective

the victors had only contempt for the recreant enemy soldiers who surrendered without firing a shot recreant campaign workers who walked out as soon as their candidate began dropping in the polls

Noun

traditionally armies have dealt harshly with recreants, with execution being a common punishment for desertion during wartime the historian reserved his greatest contempt for those recreants who opposed the witch hunt but lacked the courage to speak out against it
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First Known Use of recreant

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for recreant

Adjective

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

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