What does the word recreant mean?

Usage examples for recreant

  1. I will follow the Saviour's example, and never, while I live, prove recreant to the love which I vowed to the dear Tyrol; never will I leave it, but I will stand by it and serve it to the last. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
  2. He might not have meant to go so far, at first beginning with it; but, starting once, might be driven on by grievous loss, and bitter sense of recreant friends, and the bleak despair of a homeless world before him. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore