recreant

recreant [ REK-ree-uh’ nt ]
 adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. (adj.) cowardly, gutless or craven
2. (adj.) unfaithful, treacherous or traitorous
3. (n.) one who is cowardly or gutless
4. (n.) a deserter, traitor, renegade or unfaithful person
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 Recreant acts can cause an army to lose the battle.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 One of the jobs of the prefects at my school was to summon the junior boys to be thrashed; and I remember being appalled to listen to the blubbing pleas of some recreant, as he was given 12 strokes.

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