Recreant

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RECREANT. A Coward; a poltroon. 3 Bl. Com. 340.

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Francis Place, regarded by many left-wing historians as a moderate reformer, wrote: 'They who passed the Gagging Acts in 1817 and the Six Acts in 1819 were such recreants, that could they have acted thus in a well-ordered community they would all have been hanged ...' Once such political murders began, where might they end?
We see what ambition with its 'painted cheeke' can do: 'These tyrannous blood-drinking miscrea[n]ts' have 'slaine their King; An act which did exceed | The worst that Time noteth in recreants' (49-50).
As if it were perverse to initiate a human being in the pleasures of making love!" Gide actually saw himself as a reformer of young boys, asking "How many recreants, idlers, hypocrites and liars have been inspired by my counsels to form a taste for hard work, and order, and beauty, and straightforwardness?"
Exposure to waterborne pathogens in surface water may lead to health complaints among recreants such as bathers, divers, surfers, kayakers, and anglers.
The proposed new EU bathing water directive COD 2002/0254 (2002) aims to better inform the water recreants on the risks of bathing by means of bathing water profiles.
The mock-romantic insurgent Don Juan of Byron's satirical epic poem; Shaw's weary and erudite Don Juan, matching wits with the Devil (and the ideas of Nietszche) in the Don Juan in Hell dream sequence of the play Man and Superman; the swooningly aesthetic Don Juan of John Barrymore in the classic 1926 silent film of the story--all of these recreants clutter up a vault in the great image bank the global culture draws on and makes deposits to.