recreant

(adjective)

  1. cowardly or craven.
  2. unfaithful, disloyal or traitorous.

(noun)

  1. a coward.
  2. an apostate, traitor or renegade.

word’s encounter: in quite an interesting article on Soeharto’s legacy by Paul Keating, who lexically enriched Australia on a previous occasion with his describing Mahathir as recalcitrant many years ago.

word’s use: do you think fewer people would be aware of the undesirability of Peter Craven’s surname if it were Recreant instead?

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