verb re·cant \ri-ˈkant\

: to publicly say that you no longer have an opinion or belief that you once had

Full Definition of RECANT

transitive verb
:  to withdraw or repudiate (a statement or belief) formally and publicly :  renounce
:  revoke
intransitive verb
:  to make an open confession of error
re·can·ta·tion \ˌrē-ˌkan-ˈtā-shən\ noun

Origin of RECANT

Latin recantare, from re- + cantare to sing — more at chant
First Known Use: 1535

Synonym Discussion of RECANT

abjure, renounce, forswear, recant, retract mean to withdraw one's word or professed belief. abjure implies a firm rejecting or abandoning often made under oath <abjured the errors of his former faith>. renounce may carry the meaning of disclaim or disown <renounced abstract art and turned to portrait painting>. forswear may add an implication of perjury or betrayal <I cannot forswear my principles>. recant stresses the withdrawing or denying of something professed or taught <if they recant they will be spared>. retract applies to the withdrawing of a promise, an offer, or an accusation <the newspaper had to retract the story>.


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