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Recreancy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Recreancy The quality or state of being recreant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n recreancy The quality of being recreant; a cowardly yielding; mean-spiritedness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Recreancy the quality of a recreant: a yielding, mean, cowardly spirit
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr., pr.p. of recroire, to change belief—Low L. (se) re-credĕre, to own one's self beaten—L. re-, again, credĕre, to believe.

Usage

In literature:

Tony and recreancy could not go together.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
His recreancy to the trust reposed in him was the ruin of many.
"The Good Time Coming" by T. S. Arthur
Swann remained silent, and, by this fresh act of recreancy, spoiled the brilliant tournament of dialectic which Mme.
"Swann's Way" by Marcel Proust
It would be sad recreancy to my most sacred duty were I, falling in love with a dream, to forsake a great reality.
"Zenobia" by William Ware
Antonyms: cowardice, timidity, recreancy, poltroonery, flinch.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
To hint to them that Davis would succeed was not only recreancy to freedom, but blasphemy against God.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 93, July, 1865" by Various
His own recreance too, there was something to regret about that.
"The Finger of Fate" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

To give the pledge, and yet be pined
That a pledge should have force to bind,
This, O Soul, too often still
Is the recreance of thy will!
"Epilogue" by Francis Thompson