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
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- 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.
- But not one of Jesus's early disciples who believed that they had met Jesus after the resurrection ever recanted.
- He initially backed them up but later recanted, telling prosecutors there was no agreement.
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- That, of course, brings the number of recanters to three.
- Such recanters often retained a substantial element of Anabaptist thought and ethic.
- As for the recanters who have accused someone of sexual abuse and then said it wasn't true - each case must be evaluated separately and independently.
Mid 16th century: from Latin recantare 'revoke', from re- (expressing reversal) + cantare 'sing, chant'.
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