Definition of recreant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

recreant

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈrekriənt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrekriənt//
 
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not brave synonym cowardly Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, literally ‘surrendering’, present participle of recroire, from medieval Latin (se) recredere ‘surrender (oneself)’, from re- (expressing reversal) + credere ‘entrust’.
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