Definitions for recantrɪˈkænt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"


  1. recant(Verb)

    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.

  2. Origin: First attested in 1535, from recantare, present active infinitive of recanto, from re- + canto, frequentative of cano.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recant(verb)

    to withdraw or repudiate formally and publicly (opinions formerly expressed); to contradict, as a former declaration; to take back openly; to retract; to recall

  2. Recant(verb)

    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


  1. Recantation

    Recantation means a personal public act of denial of a previously published opinion or belief, and is derived from the Latin retractionem

Anagrams for recant »

  1. canter, carnet, centra, Cretan, nectar, trance

  2. Carnet

  3. Centra

  4. Cretan

  5. Nectar

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Martin Luther, in front of his inquisitors at the Diet of Worms.:

    I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other. God help me. Amen.

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