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Meaning of RECREANT

Pronunciation:  'rekreeunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
  2. [n]  an abject coward
  3. [adj]  lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful; "the craven fellow turned and ran"; "a craven proposal to raise the white flag"; "this recreant knight"- Spenser
  4. [adj]  having deserted a cause or principle; "some provinces had proved recreant"; "renegade supporters of the usurper"

RECREANT is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: apostate, coward(a), cowardly, craven, craven, deserter, disloyal, fearful, poltroon, ratter, renegade, renegade
 See Also: coward, quitter



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rec"re*ant\ (-ant), a. [OF., cowardly, fr. recroire,
    recreire, to forsake, leave, tire, discourage, regard as
    conquered, LL. recredere se to declare one's self conquered
    in combat; hence, those are called recrediti or recreanti who
    are considered infamous; L. pref. re- again, back + credere
    to believe, to be of opinion; hence, originally, to disavow
    one's opinion. See {Creed}.]
    1. Crying for mercy, as a combatant in the trial by battle;
       yielding; cowardly; mean-spirited; craven. ``This recreant
       knight.'' --Spenser.
    2. Apostate; false; unfaithful.
             Who, for so many benefits received, Turned recreant
             to God, ingrate and false.            --Milton.
  2. \Rec"re*ant\, n.
    One who yields in combat, and begs for mercy; a
    mean-spirited, cowardly wretch. --Blackstone.
          You are all recreants and dastards!      --Shak.