recreant

[ rek-ree-uhnt ]
/ ˈrɛk ri ənt /

adjective

cowardly or craven.
unfaithful, disloyal, or traitorous.

noun

a coward.
an apostate, traitor, or renegade.

Nearby words

  1. recovered memory,
  2. recovery,
  3. recovery room,
  4. recovery stock,
  5. recpt,
  6. recreantly,
  7. recreate,
  8. recreation,
  9. recreation ground,
  10. recreation room

Origin of recreant

1300–50; Middle English < Old French, adj. and noun use of present participle of recreire to yield in a contest, equivalent to re- re- + creire < Latin crēdere to believe

Related formsrec·re·ance, rec·re·an·cy, nounrec·re·ant·ly, adverbun·rec·re·ant, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for recreant

recreant

/ (ˈrɛkrɪənt) archaic /

adjective

cowardly; faint-hearted
disloyal

noun

a disloyal or cowardly person
Derived Formsrecreance or recreancy, nounrecreantly, adverb

Word Origin for recreant

C14: from Old French, from recroire to surrender, from re- + Latin crēdere to believe; compare miscreant

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