Recant vs Retreat - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between recant and retreat

is that recant is (ambitransitive) to withdraw or repudiate a statement or opinion formerly expressed, especially formally and publicly while retreat is to withdraw military forces.

As a noun retreat is

the act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous, or unpleasant.

recant

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • (ambitransitive) To withdraw or repudiate a statement or opinion formerly expressed, especially formally and publicly.
  • Convince me that I am wrong, and I will recant .
  • * Milton
  • How soon ease would recant / Vows made in pain, as violent and void!

    Synonyms

    * abjure * disavow * disown * recall * retract * revoke * take back * unsay * withcall

    See also

    * contradict * recall * revoke

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    retreat

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous, or unpleasant.
  • * Shakespeare
  • In a retreat he outruns any lackey.
  • The act of reversing direction and receding from a forward position.
  • A peaceful, quiet place affording privacy or security.
  • * L'Estrange
  • He built his son a house of pleasure, and spared no cost to make a delicious retreat .
  • * Dryden
  • That pleasing shade they sought, a soft retreat / From sudden April showers, a shelter from the heat.
  • A period of retirement, seclusion, or solitude.
  • A period of meditation, prayer or study.
  • Withdrawal by military force from a dangerous position or from enemy attack.
  • A signal for a military withdrawal.
  • A bugle call or drumbeat signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset, as on a military base.
  • A military ceremony to lower the flag.
  • (chess) The move of a piece from a threatened position.
  • See also

    * religious retreat

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To withdraw military forces.
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