Cravenness



[krey-vuh n] /ˈkreɪ vən/

adjective
1.
cowardly; contemptibly timid; pusillanimous.
noun
2.
a coward.
verb (used with object)
3.
to make cowardly.
Idioms
4.
cry craven, to yield; capitulate; give up.
/ˈkreɪvən/
adjective
1.
cowardly; mean-spirited
noun
2.
a coward
adj.

early 13c., cravant, perhaps from Old French crevante “defeated,” past participle of cravanter “to strike down, to fall down,” from Latin crepare “to crack, creak.” Sense affected by crave and moved from “defeated” to “cowardly” (c.1400) perhaps via intermediary sense of “confess oneself defeated.” Related: Cravenly; cravenness.

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