Definitions for recantrɪˈkænt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to withdraw or disavow (a statement, opinion, etc.), esp. formally; retract.
(v.i.)to withdraw or disavow a statement, opinion, etc.
Origin of recant:
1525–35; < L recantāre to sing again
re•can•ta•tionˌri kænˈteɪ ʃən(n.)
abjure, recant, forswear, retract, resile(verb)
formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
"He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs"
To withdraw from or repudiate a statement or opinion formerly expressed, especially formally and publicly.
Convince me that I am wrong, and I will recant.
Origin: First attested in 1535, from recantare, present active infinitive of recanto, from re- + canto, frequentative of cano.
to withdraw or repudiate formally and publicly (opinions formerly expressed); to contradict, as a former declaration; to take back openly; to retract; to recall
to revoke a declaration or proposition; to unsay what has been said; to retract; as, convince me that I am wrong, and I will recant
The verb recant, and its derivative noun recantation, can mean: To formally abandon a belief or a particular statement of belief, generally under order from an ecclesiastical authority to enforce an orthodoxy. If ordered to recant by such an ecclesiastical authority, one who refused to recant is anathematized or excommunicated. Sometimes the order included threats of physical punishment. In classical Roman poetry, after describing something hyperbolically, to briefly re-describe it without the exaggeration. Or see revocation.
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