The verb recant, and its derivative noun recantation, can mean:
- To formally abandon a belief or a particular statement of belief, generally under order from an ecclesiastical authority (often a synod or ecumenical council, or, in the Roman Catholic Church, the Inquisition, Holy Office, or even on rare occasion the contemporary Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) to enforce an orthodoxy. If ordered to recant by such an ecclesiastical authority, one who refused to recant is anathematized or excommunicated. Sometimes the order included threats of physical punishment (e.g., the proverbial burning at the stake, as happened in the trial of St. Jeanne d'Arc).
- In classical Roman poetry, after describing something hyperbolically, to briefly re-describe it without the exaggeration. (This is the original meaning.)
- Or see revocation.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:26:15 -0700
“Due to the state having the original victim statements, victim's recantation, defendant's statements, and no other corroborating evidence, the state had determined that there is not a sufficient likelihood of conviction to go forward at this point ...
Dallas Morning News (blog)
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:01:34 -0800
Inquisition authorities banned his book, extracted a recantation, and house-arrested him for life. Geocentric theory remained official doctrine for two more centuries. The lesson here is that science is rarely settled. Religion allied with government ...
York Daily Record
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 04:22:30 -0800
Tiffany Woods, transgender program manager at Tri-City Health Center in Fremont, said after the recantation was announced that she thought there was more to the story, but she didn't want to speculate on what that might be. "Transgender students don't ...
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 18:03:45 -0800
... said that without further investigation, he was reluctant to believe the student had simply invented the assault and then recanted. “I think we have to be really careful about what this recantation means,” Barr said. “We don't know if he was ...
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:41:15 -0800
“This is not a recantation case,” Ferryman said. “He's just been through a lot of therapy and life events and decided it's in his best interest not to go forward.” Based on the state's decision to “nolle” - not prosecute - the men, defense attorneys ...
Hazlitt Magazine (blog)
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 06:48:45 -0800
Since then, Rhodes, who was released in 1994, has recanted his recantation. The truth of the case remains murky, impossible to access. Was Rhodes lying when he said his friend shot those officers? Was he lying when he recanted? Is he lying now?
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 10:56:15 -0800
His astronomical researches aroused the antagonism of an all-powerful Inquisition but a feigned recantation saved his life. If this lack of heroism seems cowardly now it was actually a canny strategy that allowed him to continue his ground-breaking ...
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:46:47 -0800
The Innocence Project also alleges that the prosecutor withheld Webb's subsequent recantation. The organization argues that those points, combined with flawed fire science in the case, demand that the state correct and learn from the mistake it made by ...
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