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.
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.
adj 1: having deserted a cause or principle; "some provinces had
proved recreant"; "renegade supporters of the usurper"
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
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]