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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 rec·re·ant /ˈrɛkriənt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rec·re·ant a.
 1. Crying for mercy, as a combatant in the trial by battle; yielding; cowardly; mean-spirited; craven. “This recreant knight.”
 2. Apostate; false; unfaithful.
 Who, for so many benefits received,
 Turned recreant to God, ingrate and false.   --Milton.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rec·re·ant, n. One who yields in combat, and begs for mercy; a mean-spirited, cowardly wretch.
    You are all recreants and dastards!   --Shak.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: having deserted a cause or principle; "some provinces had
             proved recreant"; "renegade supporters of the usurper"
             [syn: renegade]
      2: lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful;
         "the craven fellow turned and ran"; "a craven proposal to
         raise the white flag"; "this recreant knight"- Spenser
         [syn: craven]
      n 1: an abject coward [syn: poltroon, craven]
      2: a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or
         religion or political party or friend etc. [syn: deserter,
          apostate, renegade, turncoat, ratter]