recant

[ ri-kant ]

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Part of Speech

verb

Origin + Etymology

from Latin recantare ‘revoke’, from re- (expressing reversal) + cantare ‘sing, chant’

Synonyms

  • renounce
  • forswear
  • disavow
  • deny
  • repudiate

Antonyms

  • accept
  • corroborate
  • affirm
  • agree
  • establish
  • validate

Definition

say that one no longer holds an opinion or belief, especially one considered heretical.

Example

He will be fired if he doesn't recant.

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