recreant

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

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

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  • 4 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

  • 5 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

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 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… …

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  • 8 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

  • 9 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 …

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  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 recreant — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from present participle of (se) recreire to give up, yield, from Medieval Latin (se) recredere to resign oneself (to a judgment), from Latin re + credere to believe more at creed Date:… …

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  • 13 recreant — recreance, recreancy, n. recreantly, adv. /rek ree euhnt/, adj. 1. cowardly or craven. 2. unfaithful, disloyal, or traitorous. n. 3. a coward. 4. an apostate, traitor, or renegade. [1300 50; ME < OF, adj. and n. use of prp. of recreire to yield… …

    Universalium

  • 14 recreant — Synonyms and related words: Sabbath breaker, apostate, arrant coward, atheist, atheistic, backslider, backsliding, bad egg, bad lot, base, black sheep, blackguardly, blasphemer, blasphemous, bolter, caitiff, collaborationist, collaborative,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 recreant — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. cowardly, craven, dastardly, disloyal, false, treacherous; apostate, renegade. See cowardice, evildoer. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. cowardly, craven, false, base, low, mean spirited, faithless,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 recreant — rec·re·ant || rekrɪənt n. coward, fearful person; traitor, disloyal person, unfaithful person …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 17 recreant — I. a. 1. Cowardly, dastardly, base, craven, pusillanimous, mean spirited, faint hearted, yielding. 2. Apostate, treacherous, false, unfaithful, faithless, untrue, backsliding. II. n. 1. Coward, dastard. 2. Apostate, renegade, backslider …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 18 recreant — noun (C) old use someone who is disloyal and lacks courage …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 recreant — adj 1. cowardly, craven, dastardly, base, Archaic. niddering, Archaic. caitiff; pusillanimous, timorous, timid, nervous, fearful, afraid, scared, scary, frightened, afraid of one s shadow, cowering; spineless, weak, uncourageous, unmanly, weak… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 20 recreant — rec·re·ant …

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