Answer: renounce one's beliefs, retract
Word Origin mid 16th century: from Latin recantare 'revoke' from re- (expressing reversal) + cantare 'sing chant'.
Scrabble Points: 8
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abjure renounce forswear recant retract mean to withdraw one's word or professed belief. abjure implies a firm and final rejecting or abandoning often made under oath. abjured the errors of his former faith renounce may carry the meaning of disclaim or disown. renounced abstract art and turned to portrait painting forswear may add an implication of perjury or betrayal.
recant - Can mean "sing again"; its usual meaning stresses the withdrawing or denying of something professed or taught. See also related terms for taught. Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex Inc.
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