What does recreant mean?

Definitions for recreant
ˈrɛk ri əntrecre·ant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. poltroon, craven, recreant(noun)

    an abject coward

  2. deserter, apostate, renegade, turncoat, recreant, ratter(adj)

    a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.

  3. recreant, renegade(adj)

    having deserted a cause or principle

    "some provinces had proved recreant"; "renegade supporters of the usurper"

  4. craven, recreant(adj)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. recreant(Noun)

    Somebody who is recreant. A person who yields in combat, or is cowardly and faint-hearted.

    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).

  2. recreant(Adjective)

    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).

  3. recreant(Adjective)

    cowardly, craven

    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).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recreant(adj)

    crying for mercy, as a combatant in the trial by battle; yielding; cowardly; mean-spirited; craven

    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.]

  2. Recreant(adj)

    apostate; false; unfaithful

    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.]

  3. Recreant(noun)

    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

  1. Recreant

    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

  1. recreant

    This term was for him who had yielded in single combat.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. recreant

    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.

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  1. Terrance

  2. recanter

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recreant in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recreant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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