A Word A Day : Recant

Word of 31st July 2007: A Word A Day-Recant


( Verb )

Recant : (ri-kant')

1. To make a formal retraction or disavowal of (a statement or belief to which one has previously committed oneself)

2. To make a formal retraction or disavowal of a previously held statement or belief

3. To disavow (something previously written or said) irrevocably and usually formally

4. Take back something said

5. To make an open confession of error

Contextual Examples:

• They may attack me with an army of six hundred syllogisms; and if I do not recant, they will proclaim me a heretic. — Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466-1536)

• Why am I to recant and accept your articles now?

• He recanted his earlier statements about his religion.


1. Abjure

2. Recall

3. Retract

4. Take Back

5. Withdraw

6. Reject

7. Forswear

8. Repudiate

9. Renounce


1. Confirm

2. Emphasize

3. Reaffirm

4. Recapitulate

Related Words:

Recantation: Noun


Recantingly: Adverb

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