Definition of recantation in English:


Line breaks: re¦can|ta¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌriːkanˈteɪʃ(ə)n


  • A statement that one no longer holds a particular opinion or belief; a retraction: every writer interprets Galileo’s recantation in a different way
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    • Finally, when she is faced with being burned alive, she recants, but then retracts her recantation and is publicly executed.
    • But state Attorney General Jay Nixon, who was fighting the appeal, was able to convince a federal judge that the recantations weren't credible.
    • Artists guilty or suspected of formalism were persecuted and encouraged to make public recantations for their offences.
    renunciation, renouncement, disavowal, denial, repudiation, retraction, withdrawal; apostasy
    rare abjuration, retractation

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