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rec·re·ant

 (rĕk′rē-ənt)
adj.
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.
n.
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.
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recreant

(ˈrɛkrɪənt)
adj
1. cowardly; faint-hearted
2. disloyal
n
a disloyal or cowardly person
[C14: from Old French, from recroire to surrender, from re- + Latin crēdere to believe; compare miscreant]
ˈrecreance, ˈrecreancy n
ˈrecreantly adv
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rec•re•ant

(ˈrɛk ri ənt)

adj.
1. cowardly.
2. unfaithful; disloyal.
n.
3. coward.
[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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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.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
cowardly, fearful - lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley
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recreant

adjectivenoun
A person who has defected:
Informal: rat.
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Translations

recreant

(archaic) [ˈrekrɪənt]
A. Ncobarde mf
B. ADJcobarde
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recreant

(liter)
n (= coward)Memme f; (= traitor)Verräter(in) m(f)
adj (= cowardly)memmenhaft; (= traitorous)verräterisch
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References in classic literature ?
"John of Hordle," he thundered, "you have shown yourself during the two months of your novitiate to be a recreant monk, and one who is unworthy to wear the white garb which is the outer symbol of the spotless spirit.
And how shows this recreant conduct in a man on whom unequal laws are known to have fallen heavy?
When little Vladimir finally relinquished her, with assurances that he was `desolated to leave so early', she was ready to rest, and see how her recreant knight had borne his punishment.
Take it, or I pro- claim you recreant knights and vanquished, every one!"
all the curses due to traitors upon your recreant heads, do you abandon me to perish thus miserably!
And yet the sick man was whole for the time being; the virile spirit was once more master of the recreant members; and it was with illogical relief that I found those I sought standing almost unconcernedly beside the binnacle.