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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.
rec′re·ant·ly adv.


cowardice, treason, or disloyalty. — recreant, n., adj.
See also: Treason
cowardice, treason, or disloyalty. — recreant, n., adj.
See also: Cowardice
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An instance of defecting from or abandoning a cause:
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