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Definition for one to say they no longer believe a previously made statement or belief — often while under pressure
  • According to popular legend, after being forced to recant his theory that the Earth moved around the Sun, Galileo whispered, "And yet it moves."
recant = say he no longer believed (something previously said)
  • Knowing he risked execution, Luther refused to renounce his opinions, saying "I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience."
  • recant = say he no longer believed (something previously said)
  • I imagined my surrender, imagined closing my eyes and recanting my blasphemies.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • recanting = publically saying I no longer believe (something)
  • He shall do this, or else I do recant The pardon that I late pronounced here.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • recant = withdraw
  • All that had been said before had sounded so like a recantation that these words were too great a shock.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • recantation = change of mind from what was said before
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Editorials would demand that he either recant or retire from public life.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • recant = renounce (take back what was said before)
  • This was very wonderful if it were true; and Lady Russell was in a state of very agreeable curiosity and perplexity about Mr Elliot, already recanting the sentiment she had so lately expressed to Mary, of his being "a man whom she had no wish to see."
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • recanting = taking back
  • Before she had committed herself by any public profession of eternal friendship for Jane Fairfax, or done more towards a recantation of past prejudices and errors, than saying to Mr. Knightley, "She certainly is handsome; she is better than handsome!"
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • recantation = taking back
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The church had ended the temporal practice of polygamy in 1890, but it had never recanted the doctrine.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • recanted = said it no longer believed in
  • She has never recanted.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • recanted = said she no longer believes what she previously said
  • — What I am is a heretic who's recanted, and thereby in everyone's eyes saved his soul.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • They'd have burned you if you hadn't recanted.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Fifty-three recanted within the year.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Owning, disowning, recanting, recharting a hateful course of events to make sense of her complicity.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Yossarian hurried back to Milo and recanted.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Then we will make you recant everything you have said on your blog.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • He drew on his windbreaker as slowly as he could, expecting her to recant.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • To the fury of the embassy officials, four men made this decision, one recanting after a confrontation with the naval attaché.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • All of the men named as the queen's lovers have denied the accusation or recanted, save for your maimed singer, who appears to be half-mad.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Sometimes though, for the women, they're for a nun who recants.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale

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