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cra·ven

 (krā′vən)
adj.
Characterized by abject fear; cowardly.
n.
A coward.

[Middle English cravant, perhaps from Old French crevant, present participle of crever, to burst, from Latin crepāre, to break.]

cra′ven·ly adv.
cra′ven·ness n.

craven

(ˈkreɪvən)
adj
cowardly; mean-spirited
n
a coward
[C13 cravant, probably from Old French crevant bursting, from crever to burst, die, from Latin crepāre to burst, crack]
ˈcravenly adv
ˈcravenness n

cra•ven

(ˈkreɪ vən)

adj.
1. cowardly; contemptibly timid.
n.
2. a coward.
[1175–1225; Middle English cravant,cravaunde defeated < Old French craventé, past participle of cravanter to crush, overwhelm]
cra′ven•ly, adv.
cra′ven•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.craven - an abject coward
coward - a person who shows fear or timidity
Adj.1.craven - lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful; "the craven fellow turned and ran"; "a craven proposal to raise the white flag"; "this recreant knight"- Spenser
cowardly, fearful - lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley

craven

adjective cowardly, weak, scared, fearful, abject, dastardly, mean-spirited, timorous, pusillanimous, chickenshit (U.S. slang), chicken-hearted, yellow (informal), lily-livered The craven attackers pounced on the boy and stabbed him before fleeing.

craven

adjectivenoun
An ignoble, uncourageous person:
Translations
جَبان، رِعْديد
zbabělý
fejkujonagtig
huglaus
gļēvs

craven

[ˈkreɪvən] ADJ (liter) → cobarde

craven

[ˈkreɪvən] adj (= cowardly) [surrender, obedience] → lâche

craven

(liter)
adjfeig(e); a craven cowardein elender Feigling, eine feige Memme (geh)
nMemme f (geh)

craven

[ˈkreɪvən] adj (frm, pej) → vigliacco/a

craven

(ˈkreivən) adjective
cowardly.
References in classic literature ?
I myself have seen him aloft when I was young; moreover, these are no cravens who hold the axe and the club.
When, therefore, intelligence was received at the fort which covered the southern termination of the portage between the Hudson and the lakes, that Montcalm had been seen moving up the Champlain, with an army "numerous as the leaves on the trees," its truth was admitted with more of the craven reluctance of fear than with the stern joy that a warrior should feel, in finding an enemy within reach of his blow.
Archibald Craven, who lived at Misselthwaite Manor, she looked so stony and stubbornly uninterested that they did not know what to think about her.
If thou refusest my fair proffer,'' said the Prince, ``the Provost of the lists shall cut thy bowstring, break thy bow and arrows, and expel thee from the presence as a faint-hearted craven.
This would I tell him to his face, were he not so great a craven.
Accordingly, convoking their chiefs, he inveighed against their craven policy, and urged the necessity of vigorous and retributive measures that would check the confidence and presumption of their enemies, if not inspire them with awe.
Stuart represented to him the rashness of his conduct, and the dangers to which he exposed himself: he rejected such counsel as craven.
Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, "Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore -- Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore
Then the ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, "Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore-- Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore
They lodged, I find, at the Mexborough Private Hotel, in Craven Street, which was actually one of those called upon by my agent in search of evidence.
Only thus may we carry the truth to those without, and though the likelihood of our narrative being given credence is, I grant you, remote, so wedded are mortals to their stupid infatuation for impossible superstitions, we should be craven cowards indeed were we to shirk the plain duty which confronts us.
Such a one as thou art, thou wretched craven, will never be able to subdue bold Robin Hood.