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 Recorded.Rector. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Rec’reant
 
is one who cries out (French, récrier); alluding to the judicial combats, when the person who wished to give in cried for mercy, and was held a coward and infamous. (See CRAVEN.)   1
 


 Recorded.Rector. 

 
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