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What does "Recreant" mean?

Definition

(a.) Apostate; false; unfaithful (a.) Crying for mercy, as a combatant in the trial by battle; yielding; cowardly; mean-spirited; craven (n.) One who yields in combat, and begs for mercy; a mean-spirited, cowardly wretch


Synonyms apostate, renegade, craven, poltroon, fearful, cowardly, deserter, disloyal


Example: "Some provinces had proved recreant" Example: "This recreant knight- Spenser"