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1. Unfaithful or disloyal to a belief, duty, or cause: "Consider the man who stands by his duty and goes to the stake rather than be recreant to it" (Mark Twain).
2. Archaic Craven or cowardly.
1. A faithless or disloyal person.
2. Archaic A coward.
[Middle English recreaunt, defeated, from Old French recreant, present participle of recroire, to yield in a trial by combat, surrender allegiance, from Medieval Latin recrēdere, to yield, pledge : Latin re-, re- + Latin crēdere, to believe; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.]
rec′re·ance, rec′re·an·cy n.
1. cowardly; faint-hearted
a disloyal or cowardly person
[C14: from Old French, from recroire to surrender, from re- + Latin crēdere to believe; compare miscreant]
ˈrecreance, ˈrecreancy n
rec•re•ant(ˈrɛk ri ənt)
2. unfaithful; disloyal.n.
[1300–50; < Old French, adj., n., present participle of recreire to yield in a contest =re- re- + creire < Latin crēdere to believe]
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|Noun||1.||recreant - an abject coward|
coward - a person who shows fear or timidity
|2.||recreant - a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.|
quitter - a person who gives up too easily
|Adj.||1.||recreant - having deserted a cause or principle; "some provinces had proved recreant"; "renegade supporters of the usurper"|
disloyal - deserting your allegiance or duty to leader or cause or principle; "disloyal aides revealed his indiscretions to the papers"
|2.||recreant - 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|