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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Definitions for recreant

  1. Cowardly; craven.
  2. Unfaithful; disloyal.
  3. A coward.

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Citations for recreant
His recreant companion disappears around the fence, but he remains, smiling affably. Eric J. Segal, Art Bulletin
To any man there may come at times a consciousness that there blows, through all the articulations of his body, the wind of a spirit not wholly his; that his mind rebels; that another girds him and carries him whither he would not. . . . The open door was closed in his recreant face. Genie Babb, Narrative
Origin of recreant
1300-1350
Recreant comes from Old French, from the present participle of recroire, "to yield in a trial by battle," from re-, "re-" + croire, "to believe," from Latin credere.