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recant

[ri-kant] /rɪˈkænt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), especially formally; retract.
verb (used without object)
2.
to withdraw or disavow a statement, opinion, etc., especially formally.
Origin of recant
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin recantāre to sing back, sing again, equivalent to re- re- + cantāre, frequentative of canere to sing; cf. chant
Related forms
recantation
[ree-kan-tey-shuh n] /ˌri kænˈteɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
recanter, noun
recantingly, adverb
unrecanted, adjective
unrecanting, adjective
Can be confused
recant, recount.
Synonyms
1. revoke, recall, rescind, deny.
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  • Dodds would have sent him to the stake without an opportunity for recantation.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • He persevered in Calvinism after the recantation of the King.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
  • If any be so bold as to remonstrate to their decisions, they will bring him on his knees to a recantation of his impudence.

    In Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus
  • Becoming, however, sensible of his error, he publicly renounced his recantation.

  • The old man's voice trembled and he looked wistfully in Azora's face in hopes of seeing some sign of her recantation.

    The Arab's Pledge Edward L. Mitford
  • He was restored to his pleasant quarters in Newgate, and recanted his recantation.

  • No other voice is raised to interrupt the meditative flow of the old man's message, which is, in fact, a recantation.

  • His recantation, which he afterwards made, is in the British Museum.

  • You already have the blacksmith's recantation—a blow in the teeth for your enemies.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for recantation

recant

/rɪˈkænt/
verb
1.
to repudiate or withdraw (a former belief or statement), esp formally in public
Derived Forms
recantation (ˌriːkænˈteɪʃən) noun
recanter, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin recantāre to sing again, from re- + cantāre to sing; see chant
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Word Origin and History for recantation
n.

1540s, noun of action from recant.

recant

v.

1530s, from Latin recantare "recall, revoke," from re- "back" (see re-) + cantare "to chant" (see chant (v.)). A word from the Reformation. Loan-translation of Greek palinoidein "recant," from palin "back" + oeidein "to sing." Related: Recanted; recanting.

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