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

    ‘heretics were burned if they would not recant’
    with object ‘Galileo was forced to recant his assertion that the earth orbited the sun’
    • ‘The fact that he recanted in time to not lie under oath should, in fact, have reflected well on him.’
    • ‘If they had any sense of decency they would recant and resign.’
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    • ‘And I don't think he has worked with her, ever, so I recant what I said before.’
    • ‘He may have recanted on the hard-line economics, but people here still regard him as one of the leaders of the English party.’
    • ‘He could think of nothing he had ever written that he would not eagerly recant.’
    • Canvas ThiKin for Backpacks flower4 College Trip Casual Backpack Bookbags School Girls Laptop Print Men Women Travelling Hiking Teenagers Flower Bag Stylish Boys Black Casual Daypacks Weekend ‘He is getting crosser and crosser with Sir John for failing to recant.’
    • ‘Some of their key witnesses are dead, others are badly discredited and still others have recanted.’
    • ‘To his credit, he was quick to recant, offering an unconditional apology.’
    • ‘Given the choice to recant, martyrs chose instead to face their murderers and stand in witness to their beliefs.’
    • ‘So far he has failed to recant on his support for the war, despite the absence of those weapons.’
    • ‘It reminds me a little bit of the Welsh side of my family who a generation back refused to learn Welsh or take Welsh culture seriously, and are now recanting.’
    • ‘It is possible that at the approach of senescence he may recant, forgive his enemies, make his peace with the world and become a benevolent father to his nation.’
    • ‘Court documents and medical records indicate that she would say she was suicidal or that her father beat her, and then she would recant.’
    • ‘But not one of Jesus's early disciples who believed that they had met Jesus after the resurrection ever recanted.’
    • ‘He admitted his role in the kidnapping during his first court appearance on February 14 but later recanted.’
    • Print Stylish Canvas Casual Men College Boys School Travelling Backpacks Weekend Black for ThiKin Bag Women Daypacks Flower Teenagers Trip Casual Laptop Bookbags flower4 Backpack Hiking Girls ‘This woman received over 100 phone calls a day, urging her to recant.’
    • ‘Galileo Galilei, the most prominent of these, was jailed and forced to recant that the earth revolved around the sun.’
    • ‘He initially backed them up but later recanted, telling prosecutors there was no agreement.’
    • ‘Again I think you spoke in haste, and I hereby give you the opportunity to recant.’
    renounce, forswear, disavow, deny, repudiate, renege on, abjure, relinquish, abandon
    change one's mind, be apostate, defect, renege
    retract, take back, withdraw, disclaim, disown, recall, unsay
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Mid 16th century: from Latin recantare ‘revoke’, from re- (expressing reversal) + cantare ‘sing, chant’.

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