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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
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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Examples from the web for recantation
  • In politics, his evolution has become complete to the point of appearing a recantation.
  • Your lord and master did well to make his recantation.
  • She says she expected him to accept her recantation on faith.
  • Nor did they suggest or demand confession and recantation as part of a cure.
  • His reasoning was that the complainant was more believable in her original testimony than in her recantation.
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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