First attested in 1535, from Latin recantare, present active infinitive of recanto (“to sing back, reecho, sing again, repeat in singing, recant, recall, revoke, charm back or away”), from re- (“back”) + canto (“to chant, to sing”), frequentative of cano.
- (transitive, intransitive) To withdraw or repudiate a statement or opinion formerly expressed, especially formally and publicly.
- Convince me that I am wrong, and I will recant.
- How soon […] ease would recant / Vows made in pain, as violent and void!
- recant in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- recant in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
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