Recreant definition

rĕkrē-ənt
A faithless or disloyal person.
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Unfaithful or disloyal to a belief, duty, or cause.
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(archaic) Craven or cowardly.
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(archaic) A coward.
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Cowardly; craven.
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Failing to keep faith; disloyal; traitorous.
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A coward; craven.
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A disloyal person; traitor.
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(now rare, poetic) Having admitted defeat and surrendered; defeated. [from 13th c.]
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(now poetic, literary) Unfaithful to someone, or to one's duties or honour; disloyal, false. [from 17th c.]
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Somebody who is recreant. A person who yields in combat, or is cowardly and faint-hearted.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
recreant
Plural:
recreants

Origin of recreant

  • Middle 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 kerd- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman recreent, Middle French recreant (“defeated"), from recroire (“to yield in a trial by combat, surrender allegiance"). See recray; and compare miscreant.

    From Wiktionary