Recreant Rec"re*ant, n. One who yields in combat, and begs for mercy; a mean-spirited, cowardly wretch. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

You are all recreants and dastards! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Recreant — Rec re*ant ( ant), a. [OF., cowardly, fr. recroire, recreire, to forsake, leave, tire, discourage, regard as conquered, LL. recredere se to declare one s self conquered in combat; hence, those are called recrediti or recreanti who are considered… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recreant — c.1300 (adj.) confessing oneself to be overcome or vanquished, from O.Fr. recreant yielding, giving, prp. of recroire to yield in a trial by combat, surrender allegiance, perhaps on notion of take back one s pledge, yield one s cause, from re… …   Etymology dictionary

  • recreant — Recreant, Picard. Recreant, Qui ne peut plus fournir à la peine, Recreu, Enectus, Fatiscens. C est aussi aucunesfois lasche de courage …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • recreant — I adjective afraid, apostate, apostatic, apostatical, base, betraying, caitiff, conniving, corrupt, cowardly, cowering, craven, dastardly, deceitful, derelict, designing, disaffected, disgraceful, dishonest, dishonorable, disloyal, dissembling,… …   Law dictionary

  • recreant — n *renegade, apostate, turncoat, backslider Analogous words: treacherousness or treachery, perfidiousness or perfidy, traitorousness (see corresponding adjectives at FAITHLESS) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • recreant — [rek′rē ənt] [Archaic or Literary] Literary Archaic adj. [ME < OFr prp. of recreire, to surrender allegiance < ML recredere, to give in or up < L re , back, again + credere, to believe: see CREED] 1. cowardly; craven 2. failing to keep… …   English World dictionary

  • recreant —    A literary rather than a modern colloquial term. Shakespeare is rather fond of it, using it as a vocative on several occasions to mean either a coward or a deserter. ‘Most recreant coward’ occurs in Henry the Fourth Part Two, but ‘recreant’… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • recreant — 1. adjective a) disloyal, unfaithful, surrendering allegiance. b) cowardly, craven 2. noun Somebody who is recreant. A person who yields in combat, or is cowardly and fain …   Wiktionary

  • recreant — [ rɛkrɪənt] archaic adjective 1》 cowardly. 2》 apostate. noun a recreant person. Derivatives recreancy noun recreantly adverb Origin ME: from OFr., lit. surrendering , pres. participle of recroire, from med. L. (se) recredere surrender (oneself) …   English new terms dictionary

  • recreant — A disloyal person. One unmindful of duty. A coward. In the course of a trial by wager of battle, a champion was said to prove recreant when he yielded to his adversary and pronounced the horrible word of craven, which signified disgrace and… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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