Definition of craven in English:

craven

Syllabification: cra·ven
Pronunciation: /ˈkrāvən
 
/

adjective

noun

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  • A cowardly person.

Derivatives

cravenly

adverb
More example sentences
  • We do not need to cravenly give up our own civil rights and our freedoms in order to achieve more security.
  • Well, at least they have a good excuse for a cravenly political move.
  • I wept, cravenly begged to serve, and vowed to do whatever they wanted me to do.

cravenness

noun
More example sentences
  • Their cravenness on immigration is deeply disturbing.
  • It calls for ‘responsibility,’ then shirks it with surreal cravenness.
  • Characters thus afflicted may be realistic but they are also tiresomely predictable in their cravenness.

Origin

Middle English cravant 'defeated', perhaps via Anglo-Norman French from Old French cravante, past participle of cravanter 'crush, overwhelm', based on Latin crepare 'burst'. The change in the ending in the 17th century was due to association with past participles ending in -en (see -en3).

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