Recreant - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈrekriənt|  American pronunciation of the word recreant
Brit.  |ˈrɛkrɪənt|  British pronunciation of the word recreant

noun

- an abject coward (syn: craven, poltroon)
- a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc. (syn: apostate, deserter, ratter, renegade, turncoat)

adjective

- having deserted a cause or principle(syn: renegade)
- lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful(syn: craven)

Examples

...the victors had only contempt for the recreant enemy soldiers who surrendered without firing a shot...

...recreant campaign workers who walked out as soon as their candidate began dropping in the polls...

...traditionally armies have dealt harshly with recreants, with execution being a common punishment for desertion during wartime...

...the historian reserved his greatest contempt for those recreants who opposed the witch hunt but lacked the courage to speak out against it...

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