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Characterized by abject fear; cowardly.
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.
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Noun1.cravenness - meanspirited cowardice
cowardice, cowardliness - the trait of lacking courage




[ˈkreɪvənnɪs] N (liter) → cobardía f
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Consider the cravenness of the Congress: After having ridiculed Kejriwal all along, Sonia and Rahul, speaking though a thick fog of defeat on December 8 promised to do their homework and in the next move, the Congress, in a masterstroke aimed at thwarting the BJP's attempt at forming the government in Delhi, extended its unconditional support to the P on the grounds that governance is above all political considerations.
For a few moments in mid-October, the nation will have a chance to enjoy a break from the cravenness of the presidential campaigning by observing the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth.
Despite his carefully cultivated image as the last southern man, all backbone and principle, Thurmond throughout his career sold out in spectacular moments of cravenness.
But still Wajda was able to veer from the Party line and create a more complex, neurotic, and (in one telling scene), antisemitic character, Jasio, who can shift from cravenness to being heroically intrepid while fighting the Nazis.
Al-Zeidi didn't just throw the shoe at Bush but in a symbolic gesture he was throwing it at us, at our own failures and cravenness.
Rudy Giuliani is blaming Mitt because he's running for president, too, a state of perpetual cravenness that causes presumably sane individuals to go completely bonkers.
The council's reversal of the settlement shows not integrity, but a deep cravenness.