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recreant

adjective

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1 having or showing a shameful lack of courage
  • the victors had only contempt for the recreant enemy soldiers who surrendered without firing a shot

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recreant

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Synonyms & Antonyms of recreant (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a person who abandons a cause or organization usually without right
  • traditionally armies have dealt harshly with recreants, with execution being a common punishment for desertion during wartime

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2 a person who shows a shameful lack of courage in the face of danger
  • 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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“Recreant.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/recreant. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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