Meaning of RECANT in English


rə̇ˈkant, rēˈ-, -kaa(ə)nt verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Latin recantare, from re- + cantare to sing — more at chant

transitive verb


a. : to withdraw or repudiate (a statement or belief) formally and publicly

recant all opinions which differed from those proclaimed by the central leadership — P.E.Mosely

b. : to make renunciation of (a course of action)

didn't show up … to recant his sins — Time

2. : retract , revoke

do this or else I do recant the pardon — Shakespeare

intransitive verb

: to take back or disavow an opinion, declaration, or course of action : make an open confession of error

never hesitates to recant whenever the progress of his thinking has brought about what he considers an improvement upon his former views — André Martinet

Synonyms: see abjure

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