Origin of recantClassical Latin recantare from re-, back, again + cantare, frequentative of canere, to sing: see chant
When you say that you no longer hold the religious beliefs you did in the past, this is an example of a situation where you recant.
verbre·cant·ed, re·cant·ing, re·cants
Origin of recantLatin recantāre re- re- cantāre to sing frequentative of canere ; see kan- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present recants, present participle recanting, simple past and past participle recanted)
- Attempts were made by the officials to induce him to recant, but without effect.
- He was compelled to recant, under strong pressure from Pope Innocent III.
- Barnes was forced to apologize and recant; and Gardiner delivered a series of sermons at St Paul's Cross to counteract Barnes' invective.
- After he had been tied to the stake and the faggots had been piled, he was for the last time urged to recant, but his only reply was: "God is my witness that I have never taught or preached that which false witnesses have testified against me.
- Berengar in a weak moment in 1059 was forced by the pope to recant and assert that " the true body and blood are not only a sacrament, but in truth touched and broken by the hands of the priests and pressed by the teeth of the faithful," and this position remains in every Roman catechism.