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Recreant


REC'REANT, adjective [See Craven.]

1. Crying for mercy, as a combatant in the trial by battle; yielding; hence, cowardly; mean spirited.

2. Apostate; false.

Who for so many benefits receiv'd, turn'd recreant to God, ingrate and false.

REC'REANT, noun One who yields in combat and cries craven; one who begs for mercy; hence, a mean spirited, cowardly wretch.