- cowardly; craven
- failing to keep faith; disloyal; traitorous
Origin of recreantMiddle English from Old French present participle of recreire, to surrender allegiance from Medieval Latin recredere, to give in or up from Classical Latin re-, back, again + credere, to believe: see creed
- a coward; craven
- a disloyal person; traitor
- Unfaithful or disloyal to a belief, duty, or cause: “Consider the man who stands by his duty and goes to the stake rather than be recreant to it” ( Mark Twain )
- Archaic Craven or cowardly.
- A faithless or disloyal person.
- Archaic A coward.
Origin of recreantMiddle English recreaunt defeated from Old French recreant present participle of recroire to yield in a trial by combat, surrender allegiance from Medieval Latin recrēdere to yield, pledge Latin re- re- Latin crēdere to believe ; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.
- rec′re·ance rec′re·an·cy
(comparative more recreant, superlative most recreant)
- Somebody who is recreant. A person who yields in combat, or is cowardly and faint-hearted.