recreant

[ rek-ree-uhnt ]
/ ˈrɛk ri ənt /

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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