Definitions for recantationˌri kænˈteɪ ʃən
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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.)
retraction, abjuration, recantation(noun)
a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion
the act of recanting or something recanted
the act of recanting; a declaration that contradicts a former one; that which is thus asserted in contradiction; retraction
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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