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recreants

noun , plural of recreant

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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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