ADJECTIVE
  1. lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful
    the craven fellow turned and ran
    this recreant knight
    a craven proposal to raise the white flag
  2. having deserted a cause or principle
    some provinces had proved recreant
    renegade supporters of the usurper
NOUN
  1. an abject coward
  2. a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
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How To Use recreant In A Sentence

  • Could he be blamed as recreant if he had helped his unexpected ally to break out and return to his prince? His Disposition
  • Any whitewashing on the part of the committee, or any attempt to "let down easy" a man who has been so recreant to a great public trust, cannot fail to have a serious effect upon the fortunes of the men responsible for it, and upon any political party that may, through its control of legislative action, uphold them in such a course.
  • recreant," had he wavered when the descendant of Mary Stuart claimed his services. Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745 Volume II.
  • A mosaic of images depicting your chronic laziness, unearned ego, and recreant cruelty. Mare
  • a 'recreant' -- just what needs the slight punishment of instant death to the remarker -- and ... where is the way? The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846
  • They told me he was a recreant and a coward, but I knew it was false.
  • One sees immediately that “recreant” was an inspired choice, because while it denotes a villain (the fire), the eye quickly parses the word into re and creant, re-believing, re-creating, re-crescent. Tourbillon : Ange Mlinko : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation
  • “But me no buts! or depart as recreant, not by the door like a man, but up the chimney like a flittermouse.” Westward Ho!
  • “The last innocent has suffered at your hands, recreant,” grimly intoned THE WRAITH. Masked
  • The chief fallacy appears to be this - ­that he insists that the race must always count for more than the individual, and that the individual must fall in line and step with the average conventions of the race at the expense of his own well-being, or be judged a deserter and a recreant.
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