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Doctor Factobend's Recantation in the Bird Basket at St Kilda, Scotland a plate from Dr Prosody (by William Combe 1821, ASIN: B007T2QPX8) at p248

Recantation means a personal public act of denial of a previously published opinion or belief , and is derived from the Latin retractionem (the nominative form of the verb retractio or the past participle of the noun retractareto, meaning "to pull back")


Philosophically recantation it is linked to a genuine change of opinion, often caused by a serious event which reveals a better or more complete representation of a presumed truth. For example, Recantation was the title of a 16th-century book by Bishop Augustine of Hippo correcting his former writings as a ordinary teacher of rhetoric prior to his becoming a cleric which he described as "a recantation of opinion with admission of error"

In classical Roman poetry, after deliberately describing something extravagantly or hyperbolically for memorable dramatic effect, recantation was used to briefly redefine the material subject fairly and honestly.


Religiously recantation may be required to avoid punishment or imposed to obtain pardon from a sin such as

In Protestantism, recantation may be requested by or ordered from an ecclesiastical authority such as a synod or ecumenical council

In the Roman Catholic Church, the Inquisition, Holy Office, or even on rare occasion the contemporary Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) required an act of renunciation to enforce an orthodoxy.

In a secular state if ordered to recant by religious authority, one who refused to recant may be anathematized or excommunicated or subject to social exclusion.

In a theocracy an order to recant may include threats of physical punishment such as prison or corporal punishment which may include death or lethal cruelty such as the burning at the stake suffered by Jeanne d'Arc.

Voltaire famously wrote in his novel Candide:

In this country of England it is thought well to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others!

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Austin American-Statesman (blog)

Austin American-Statesman (blog)
Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:41:15 -0800

Next week will mark the 11th anniversary of the publication of an important book – The Emerging Democratic Majority by John Judis and Ruy Teixeira. Here is a description: Political experts John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira convincingly use hard data ...


Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:56:15 -0800

Having spent much time with his memoirs, "I Am Not Spock" and the later mild recantation "I Am Spock," I can attest to the terse force of his prose and the supple imagination of his creative life. Nimoy was an excellent director (his "Star Trek IV: The ...
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:52:30 -0800

Having spent much time with his memoirs, “I Am Not Spock” and the later mild recantation “I Am Spock,” I can attest to the terse force of his prose and the supple imagination of his creative life. Nimoy was an excellent director (his “Star Trek IV: The ...

Washington Post (blog)

Washington Post (blog)
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:11:15 -0800

Having spent much time with his memoirs, “I am not Spock” and the later mild recantation “I am Spock,” I can attest to the terse force of his prose and the supple imagination of his creative life. Nimoy was an excellent director (his “Star Trek IV: The ...
Hopewell News
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:07:30 -0800

HOPEWELL — In a surprising turn of events on Monday afternoon, the Taylor brothers, Tabyus, 19, and Teandrey, 18, were released from jail after the robbery case against the two failed to hold up in Hopewell General District Court. Tabyus said those 72 ...

Jamaica Gleaner (subscription)

Jamaica Gleaner (subscription)
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:05:41 -0800

Now, after, repenting in church about the error of his ways, a flip-flopping Holness has recanted his recantation and flat-footed some of his very own Labourites by appealing the judgment of three learned judges, including one who is himself a Rhodes ...
Buffalo News
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:31:03 -0800

While recantation of abuse allegations does occur, it is usually not evidence of a fabricated claim. A 2007 article in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry tells of a study conducted by nationally respected researchers ...

Northwest Herald

Northwest Herald
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 22:02:12 -0700

His recantation is part of a lengthy petition filed by the attorney handling Casciaro's appeal. Casciaro's defense attorney Kathleen Zellner is asking the trial judge to toss Casciaro's first-degree murder conviction. Casciaro is serving 26 years in ...

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