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.
The Sudbury Star
The Sudbury Star
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:03:45 -0700
Duczak said he prepared a recantation letter, got the boys to sign it, gave it to Hall and asked him to resign right away. When Hall did not, Duczak said he waited another day and advised Hall he was going to go to the Boys Home board. Duczak said that ...
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:09:49 -0700
The Brooklyn DA's office under former DA Charles Hynes failed to share the girl's recantation – which itself was later retracted by the girl – with the defense. The prosecutor in charge, Lauren Hersh, resigned when that became public and Hynes dropped ...
New York Post
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:20:30 -0700
Hynes said at the time that he had “no ethical choice” but to seek a dismissal after it was revealed that prosecutors had failed to give the defense the recantation from the accu ser. Last year, Hynes lost the seat he'd held for 24 years when he ...
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:01:33 -0700
When we invest politics with a sense of cosmic justice, political issues take on apocalyptic overtones. Proponents of a particular policy don't see opponents as a fellow citizen to be persuaded, but as a heretic to be intimidated into recantation (or ...
Missouri Lawyers Media (subscription)
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:41:08 -0700
In Crawford County, unreliable witnesses, a revolving door of prosecutors and family secrets cloud the truth behind a 1997 murder. Subscribe; Login. Email Address: Password: Already a paid subscriber but not registered for online access yet? For ...
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:48:45 -0700
Following a sorrowful recantation of these past methods and antiquated indignities, Russian leaders could bare their souls of the secret - Yes, they did have spies in the United States. Surely, some of these were deep-cover. Da, one of those was none ...
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:32:01 -0700
Randall Ayers, the appointed attorney who defended Dockery in the perjury cases, was similarly perplexed when attorneys notified him of Dockery's recantation. "I was like 'Really?'" Ayers said. "I told the defense attorney and the prosecutor both 'Wow ...
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:56:15 -0700
Kenny Chesney's “Flora-Bama” concert sells out … Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst responds to rape accuser's recantation … Weird Al Yankovic, Beverly D'Angelo and Jon Lovitz will join cast members of “The Simpsons” for three nights at the Hollywood Bowl.
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