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A.Word.A.Day--recreant

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recreant (REK-ree-uhnt) adjective

1. Unfaithful or disloyal to a belief, duty, or cause.

2. Craven or cowardly.

noun

1. A faithless or disloyal person.

2. A coward.

[Middle English, from Old French, present participle of recroire, to remember, from Medieval Latin recredere, to yield, pledge : Latin re-, re- + Latin credere, to believe.]

"Tyler, seeking a less imperial president and a stronger states' rights policy, joined a small group of Jacksonians who deserted the fold and eventually became known as southern states' rights Whigs. In 1836, the Jacksonian-controlled Virginia legislature demanded and secured the recreant's senatorial resignation." Tyler, John, The Reader's Companion to American History, 1 Jan 1991.

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