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re·cant

 (rĭ-kănt′)
v. re·cant·ed, re·cant·ing, re·cants
v.tr.
To make a formal retraction or disavowal of (a statement or belief to which one has previously committed oneself).
v.intr.
To make a formal retraction or disavowal of a previously held statement or belief.

[Latin recantāre : re-, re- + cantāre, to sing, frequentative of canere; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]

re′can·ta′tion (rē′kăn-tā′shən) n.
re·cant′er n.

recant

(rɪˈkænt)
vb
to repudiate or withdraw (a former belief or statement), esp formally in public
[C16: from Latin recantāre to sing again, from re- + cantāre to sing; see chant]
recantation n
reˈcanter n

re•cant

(rɪˈkænt)

v.t.
1. to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), esp. formally; retract.
v.i.
2. to withdraw or disavow a statement, opinion, etc.
[1525–35; < Latin recantāre to sing again]
re•can•ta•tion (ˌri kænˈteɪ ʃən) n.

recant

- Can mean "sing again"; its usual meaning stresses the withdrawing or denying of something professed or taught.
See also related terms for taught.

recant


Past participle: recanted
Gerund: recanting

Imperative
recant
recant
Present
I recant
you recant
he/she/it recants
we recant
you recant
they recant
Preterite
I recanted
you recanted
he/she/it recanted
we recanted
you recanted
they recanted
Present Continuous
I am recanting
you are recanting
he/she/it is recanting
we are recanting
you are recanting
they are recanting
Present Perfect
I have recanted
you have recanted
he/she/it has recanted
we have recanted
you have recanted
they have recanted
Past Continuous
I was recanting
you were recanting
he/she/it was recanting
we were recanting
you were recanting
they were recanting
Past Perfect
I had recanted
you had recanted
he/she/it had recanted
we had recanted
you had recanted
they had recanted
Future
I will recant
you will recant
he/she/it will recant
we will recant
you will recant
they will recant
Future Perfect
I will have recanted
you will have recanted
he/she/it will have recanted
we will have recanted
you will have recanted
they will have recanted
Future Continuous
I will be recanting
you will be recanting
he/she/it will be recanting
we will be recanting
you will be recanting
they will be recanting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been recanting
you have been recanting
he/she/it has been recanting
we have been recanting
you have been recanting
they have been recanting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been recanting
you will have been recanting
he/she/it will have been recanting
we will have been recanting
you will have been recanting
they will have been recanting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been recanting
you had been recanting
he/she/it had been recanting
we had been recanting
you had been recanting
they had been recanting
Conditional
I would recant
you would recant
he/she/it would recant
we would recant
you would recant
they would recant
Past Conditional
I would have recanted
you would have recanted
he/she/it would have recanted
we would have recanted
you would have recanted
they would have recanted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.recant - formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressurerecant - formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure; "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs"
repudiate, disown, renounce - cast off; "She renounced her husband"; "The parents repudiated their son"

recant

recant

verb
To disavow (something previously written or said) irrevocably and usually formally:
Translations

recant

[rɪˈkænt]
A. VTretractar, desdecir

recant

[rɪˈkænt] vi (gen)se rétracter (RELIGION)abjurer

recant

vt religious beliefwiderrufen; statement alsozurücknehmen
viwiderrufen

recant

[rɪˈkænt] (frm)
1. vt (religious belief) → abiurare; (statement) → ritrattare
2. vifare abiura
References in classic literature ?
But say I could repent and could obtaine By Act of Grace my former state; how soon Would highth recal high thoughts, how soon unsay What feign'd submission swore: ease would recant Vows made in pain, as violent and void.
said the Friar, with a menacing aspect; ``dost thou recant, Jew?
Why, why am I to recant and accept the Rodgers' articles now?
This can be done by preserving and perpetuating the testimony of the witness as quickly as possible, that is, even before the case is filed in court so that whatever happens to the witness afterwards - even if he recants or repudiates their testimony - it can still be used against the criminal offenders and thus avoid a miscarriage of justice," Garcia added.
Your front page reports in the April 15 issue--bishops critique a Catholic theologian without a hearing; a priest faces excommunication unless he recants his statements concerning ordination of women; the exodus of Catholics from their church--taken together speak volumes.
In Bertold Brecht's Galileo Pope Urban VIII threatens the Florentine mathematician with torture unless he recants his support for Copernicus' heretical theories.
If anything, the 39-year-old musician thought the SNL satire pulled its punches (at the end, Saint Nick recants and gives kids in Kentucky lefty-leaning gifts like Margaret Cho CDs).