To hint to them that Davis would succeed was not only recreancy to freedom, but blasphemy against God.
Amidst the poignancy of her regrets, her shame for her recreancy was sharper still.
She was devoted to her son, and not at all disposed to take the General's views about his recreancy in politics.
His opposition, and their own recreancy of principle, tended rapidly to their overthrow.
Not to cherish these feelings would be recreancy to principle.
If I am stopped at my first recreancy and turned directly the contrary way, I think I have courage.'
Jeanne had a girl's pride in wanting this woman to understand that she was in no wise hurt by Marsac's recreancy.
c.1300, "confessing oneself to be overcome or vanquished," from Old French recreant "defeated, vanquished, yielding, giving; weak, exhausted; cowardly," present participle adjective from recroire "to yield in a trial by combat, surrender allegiance," literally "believe again;" perhaps on notion of "take back one's pledge, yield one's cause," from re- "again, back" (see re-) + croire "entrust, believe," from Latin credere (see credo).
Non sufficit ... nisi dicat illud verbum odiosum, quod recreantus sit. [Bracton, c.1260]Meaning "cowardly" in English is from late 14c. Meaning "unfaithful to duty" is from 1640s.
"one who yields in combat, one who begs for mercy, one who admits defeat," early 15c., hence "coward, faint-hearted wretch;" from recreant (adj.) and from Old French recreant as a noun, "one who acknowledges defeat, a craven, coward, renegade, traitor, wretch." In English, sense of "apostate, deserter, villain" is from 1560s.