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Origin of recreant
Examples from the Web for recreant
Though I admit so much, I am not a recreant from the doctrine I then preached.An Autobiography|Anthony Trollope
She looked directly at her recreant lover, and he never saw her.Was It Right to Forgive?|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I assumed she had come to give me wholly undeserved thanks for revenging her upon her recreant husband.
Second, the law of the land, or statute law, and Tanner is recreant to both.Abraham Lincoln, Volume 2 (of 2)|William H. Herndon
It seemed to him that every one would see in his face that he was a recreant priest, perjured and forsworn.The Golden House|Charles Dudley Warner
Word Origin for recreant
c.1300, "confessing oneself to be overcome or vanquished," from Old French recreant "defeated, vanquished, yielding, giving; weak, exhausted; cowardly," present participle adjective from recroire "to yield in a trial by combat, surrender allegiance," literally "believe again;" perhaps on notion of "take back one's pledge, yield one's cause," from re- "again, back" (see re-) + croire "entrust, believe," from Latin credere (see credo).
Non sufficit ... nisi dicat illud verbum odiosum, quod recreantus sit. [Bracton, c.1260]
Meaning "cowardly" in English is from late 14c. Meaning "unfaithful to duty" is from 1640s.
"one who yields in combat, one who begs for mercy, one who admits defeat," early 15c., hence "coward, faint-hearted wretch;" from recreant (adj.) and from Old French recreant as a noun, "one who acknowledges defeat, a craven, coward, renegade, traitor, wretch." In English, sense of "apostate, deserter, villain" is from 1560s.