recreant

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See also: recréant and récréant

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman recreent, Middle French recreant (defeated), from recroire (to yield in a trial by combat, surrender allegiance). See recray; and compare miscreant.

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Adjective[edit]

recreant (comparative more recreant, superlative most recreant)

  1. (now rare, poetic) Having admitted defeat and surrendered; defeated. [from 13th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.11:
      For, from the day that he thus did it leave, / Amongst all Knights he blotted was with blame, / And counted but a recreant Knight with endles shame.
  2. (now poetic, literary) Unfaithful to someone, or to one's duties or honour; disloyal, false. [from 17th c.]

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Noun[edit]

recreant (plural recreants)

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

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin recreans, present participle of recreare 'to refresh, envigorate': recreëren +‎ -ant

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • Hyphenation: re‧cre‧ant

Noun[edit]

recreant m (plural recreanten, diminutive recreantje n)

  1. Somebody who practices or enjoys recreation.

References[edit]

  • H. H. Mallinckrodt, Latijn Nederlands woordenboek (Aula n° 24), Utrecht-Antwerpen, Spectrum, 1959 [Latin - Dutch dictionary in Dutch]

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

recreant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of recreō