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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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[ˈkreɪvənlɪ] ADV (liter) → cobardemente
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adv (liter)feige, feigherzig (old)
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"The safest thing to do," he chattered cravenly, "is to put them ashore.
In the meantime Thomas Mugridge, like a drowned rat, was being dragged out from under the forecastle head where he had cravenly ensconced himself.
But at a time when artists' incomes are depleting and community arts projects are being cut, to a backdrop of rising poverty, homelessness, and hate crimes, it's difficult to look at the dance of social niceties when it feels that humanity in general is being stripped back, and is likely to worsen under Boris Johnson's right-leaning administration and those who cravenly serve it, as well as a looming no-deal Brexit.
Even though it is undoubtedly true that some of these economic prescriptions were absolutely necessary, in ignoring the referendum and forcing Tsipras to cravenly cave in to German pressure, the EU showed itself to be more about Germany and the other great powers protecting their interests (in this case those of the feckless German banks that had so unwisely loaned the Greeks money) rather than heeding the popular will of its members.
We have the Tory leadership campaign and the hardly edifying spectacle of various failed contenders who all previously stated that a No Deal Brexit would be a disaster, now cravenly running after Boris Johnson and saying it might not be so bad after all.
A cravenly sycophantic media, meanwhile, extolled Modi's achievements, even his canard about the military confrontation with Pakistan after the Pulwama incident and for calling Pakistan's 'nuclear bluff', which was brazenly used to mislead the voters.
The media surrendered to her as cravenly as it has to Modi.
If Mrs May wants to force senior citizens to pay to watch TV let her do it openly, instead of cravenly hiding behind the BBC.
Priyanka Gandhi's first roadshow in Uttar Pradesh's capital, Lucknow, on Monday had an impressive turn-out and, significantly, it was not blacked out by most TV channels, which over the past five years have cravenly followed government diktat in ignoring the opposition.
In this, political parties have cravenly submitted to the bully pulpit of the religious lobby.