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recreant

[ rek-ree-uhnt ]
/ ˈrɛk ri ənt /
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adjective
cowardly or craven.
unfaithful, disloyal, or traitorous.
noun
a coward.
an apostate, traitor, or renegade.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM recreant

rec·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 forms of recreant

recreance 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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