Definitions for recreant
ˈrɛk ri əntrecre·ant
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word recreant.
poltroon, craven, recreantnoun
an abject coward
deserter, apostate, renegade, turncoat, recreant, ratteradjective
a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
having deserted a cause or principle
"some provinces had proved recreant"; "renegade supporters of the usurper"
lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful
"the craven fellow turned and ran"; "a craven proposal to raise the white flag"; "this recreant knight"- Spenser
Somebody who is recreant. A person who yields in combat, or is cowardly and faint-hearted.
disloyal, unfaithful, surrendering allegiance.
Etymology: From recreant 'yielding, giving', from the verb recroire "to yield in a trial by combat, surrender allegiance", itself from re- 'again, back' + croire 'to entrust, believe' (from credere). In use in English as an adjective, meaning "confessing oneself to be overcome or vanquished," since the 14th century, the usage as a noun for a coward or faint-hearted was first recorded from the 15th century. The modern sense of "unfaithful to duty" is modern, first attested in 1643 (OED).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: recriant, Fr.
Let be that lady debonaire,
Thou recreant knight, and soon thyself prepare
To battle. Fairy Queen, b. ii.
Thou wear a lion’s hide? doff it for shame,
And hang a calf’s skin on those recreant limbs. William Shakespeare.
Here standeth Thomas Mowbray, duke of Norfolk,
On pain to be found false and recreant. William Shakespeare.
Must, as a foreign recreant, be led
With manacles along our street. William Shakespeare.
The knight, whom fate and happy chance shall grace
From out the bars to force his opposite,
Or kill, or make him recreant on the plain,
The prize of valour and of love shall gain. Dryden.
Who for so many benefits receiv’d,
Turn’d recreant to God, ingrate and false,
And so of all true good himself despoil’d. John Milton, Par. Reg.
crying for mercy, as a combatant in the trial by battle; yielding; cowardly; mean-spirited; craven
apostate; false; unfaithful
one who yields in combat, and begs for mercy; a mean-spirited, cowardly wretch
Etymology: [OF., cowardly, fr. recroire, recreire, to forsake, leave, tire, discourage, regard as conquered, LL. recredere se to declare one's self conquered in combat; hence, those are called recrediti or recreanti who are considered infamous; L. pref. re- again, back + credere to believe, to be of opinion; hence, originally, to disavow one's opinion. See Creed.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rek′rē-ant, adj. cowardly: false: apostate: renegade.—n. a mean-spirited wretch: an apostate: a renegade.—n. Rec′rēancy, the quality of a recreant: a yielding, mean, cowardly spirit.—adv. Rec′rēantly. [O. Fr., pr.p. of recroire, to change belief—Low L. (se) re-credĕre, to own one's self beaten—L. re-, again, credĕre, to believe.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
This term was for him who had yielded in single combat.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
Crying for mercy, as a combatant in the trial of battle; yielding; cowardly. Also, one who yields in combat, and cries craven; one who begs for mercy; a mean-spirited, cowardly wretch.
The numerical value of recreant in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of recreant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Popularity rank by frequency of use
Translations for recreant
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for recreant »
Find a translation for the recreant definition in other languages:
Select another language:
- - Select -
- 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
- 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
- Español (Spanish)
- Esperanto (Esperanto)
- 日本語 (Japanese)
- Português (Portuguese)
- Deutsch (German)
- العربية (Arabic)
- Français (French)
- Русский (Russian)
- ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
- 한국어 (Korean)
- עברית (Hebrew)
- Gaeilge (Irish)
- Українська (Ukrainian)
- اردو (Urdu)
- Magyar (Hungarian)
- मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
- Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Italiano (Italian)
- தமிழ் (Tamil)
- Türkçe (Turkish)
- తెలుగు (Telugu)
- ภาษาไทย (Thai)
- Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
- Čeština (Czech)
- Polski (Polish)
- Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Românește (Romanian)
- Nederlands (Dutch)
- Ελληνικά (Greek)
- Latinum (Latin)
- Svenska (Swedish)
- Dansk (Danish)
- Suomi (Finnish)
- فارسی (Persian)
- ייִדיש (Yiddish)
- հայերեն (Armenian)
- Norsk (Norwegian)
- English (English)
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Discuss these recreant definitions with the community:
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"recreant." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 29 Sep. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/recreant>.