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Adjective: recreant  re-kree-unt
Usage: archaic
  1. Having deserted a cause or principle
    "some provinces had proved recreant";
    - renegade
  2. Lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful
    "this recreant knight";
    - craven
Noun: recreant  re-kree-unt
Usage: archaic
  1. An abject coward
    - poltroon, craven
  2. A disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
    - deserter, apostate, renegade, turncoat, ratter

Derived forms: recreants

See also: cowardly, disloyal, fearful

Type of: coward, quitter

Encyclopedia: Recreant