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Recreant, adj. originally == retracting one's errors (recredens) and crying for mercy: “feeble desire, all r., poor and meek,” Lucr. 710. “a caitiff r. to my cousin Hereford,” R2 I, 2, 53. Hence == cowardly, faithless: “hang a calf's-skin on those r. limbs,” John III, 1, 129. John III, 1, 129 John III, 1, 129 “a r. and most degenerate traitor,” R2 I, 1, 144. “to be found false and r.” I, 3, 106. “puff in thy teeth, most r. coward base,” H4B V, 3, 96.
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