"recreant" in the noun sense
1. poltroon, craven, recreant
an abject coward
2. deserter, apostate, renegade, turncoat, recreant, ratter
a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
"recreant" in the adjective sense
1. recreant, renegade
having deserted a cause or principle
"some provinces had proved recreant"
"renegade supporters of the usurper"
2. craven, recreant
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
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