recreant

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Somebody who is recreant. A person who yields in combat, or is cowardly and faint-hearted
cowardly, craven
disloyal, unfaithful, surrendering allegiance
a cowardly or faithless person
{n} a false wretch, apostate, miser
{a} cowardly, meanspirited, false, base
{i} coward, fearful person; traitor, disloyal person, unfaithful person
Crying for mercy, as a combatant in the trial by battle; yielding; cowardly; mean-spirited; craven
1 cowardly or craven 2 unfaithful, disloyal, or traitorous
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
having deserted a cause or principle; "some provinces had proved recreant"; "renegade supporters of the usurper
Apostate; false; unfaithful
is one who cries out (French, récrier); alluding to the judicial combats, when the person who wished to give in cried for mercy, and was held a coward and infamous (See Craven )
One who yields in combat, and begs for mercy; a mean-spirited, cowardly wretch
an abject coward
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"
1 cowardly or craven 2 unfaithful, disloyal, or traitorous (The Random House College Dictionary)
is one who cries out (French, récrier); alluding to the judicial combats, when the person who wished to give in cried for mercy, and was held a coward and infamous (See Craven )
recreantly
in a cowardly way, fearfully; disloyally, unfaithfully
recreants
plural of recreant
recreant

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    rec·re·ant

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    [ 're-krE-&nt ] (adjective.) 14th century. From Old French 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 Latin 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).

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