What does recant mean?

Definitions for recantrɪˈkænt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word recant.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Recant

    rē-kant′, v.t. to withdraw (a former declaration): to retract.—v.i. to revoke a former declaration: to unsay what has been said, esp. to declare one's renunciation of a religious belief which one formerly maintained.—ns. Rēcantā′tion, act of recanting: a declaration contradicting a former one; Rēcant′er.

Anagrams for recant »

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

  2. Carnet

  3. Centra

  4. Cretan

  5. Nectar


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recant in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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.

  2. Nate Lance:

    They will try to force them to convert, and if they refuse, they are banned from their villages, unable to live with or see their families, when they refuse to recant their faith, they are expelled from the community.

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