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Monday, February 18, 2013

recant

\ri-KANT\ , verb;
1.
to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), especially formally; retract.
2.
to withdraw or disavow a statement, opinion, etc., especially formally.
Quotes:
In the circumstances, Mr Badby, I feel that I can offer you a pension in return for your decision to recant.
-- Robert Nye, Falstaff
It was the only part of it they really wanted me to recant, as a sign that I was getting well again.
-- Stephen King, Skeleton Crew
Origin:
This Reformation era word entered the lexicon in the 1530s from the Latin cantāre meaning "to sing." Thus recant literally translates as "to sing again" or "to sing back."
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