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v. re·cant·ed, re·cant·ing, re·cants
To make a formal retraction or disavowal of (a statement or belief to which one has previously committed oneself).
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.
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According to one account, "Stubbs after his Right Hand was cut off, put off his Hat with his Left, and said with a loud Voice, God save the Queen." (56) Far from being the act of a crazed zealot or a servile recanter, this was a means of publicly testifying that opposition to a French marriage was a loyalist rather than treasonable act--a further reminder that, as much recent scholarship has suggested, the early modern theatre of punishment was much more unstable and less uniformly normative than traditionally assumed.
Briony the recanter lacks the power of Briony the accuser.
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