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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.


[ˈkreɪvənlɪ] ADV (liter) → cobardemente


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.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is cravenly bowing to the frothing Brexiteer wing of her party to deliver a policy she can't bring herself to say she would vote for.
However, she did not; and, more to the point, her party decided, cravenly, to postpone its inevitable collision with reality by supporting her in the days that followed, and endorsing her invidious deal with the Democratic Unionist party.
Surely it is a breach of human rights and rather ironic that following Brexit and clamour for repatriation of democracy from Europe, that we in this impoverished part of the North-east are being denied determination and true democracy by government - aided and abetted by our "leaders" cravenly succumbing to the lure of baubles and bending to diktat from distant Westminster?
Senate who didn't cravenly toady up to the power brokers, or who care about class issues, or who had the remotest concept of intersectionality--Trump appointees, including Betsy DaVos, Donald Trump's secretary of education, would never have been confirmed.
So, why do parents and elders cravenly allow filmmakers to put the blame mostly on them with nary a peep of protest emanating from their otherwise loquacious lips?
The question now is whether the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, who positions herself as Israel's greatest ally, will try to outbid Trump in cravenly submitting to the Israeli right.
Politico called it an "act of defiance promises to be a defining moment in Cruz's political career" and reported that Texas delegate Shaun Ireland said it worked against party unity: "There was so much good feeling and unity at this convention for three days, and Ted Cruz just came in and cravenly threw it against a brick wall just so he could set himself up for 2020.
When blockbusters relentlessly, consistently draw on the imagery of September 11--plumes of smoke filling metropolitan streets, skyscrapers crashing to the ground--are they expressing America's collective trauma, or are they cravenly leveraging this symbolism to sell more tickets?
The ruling, though far from a final victory for the plaintiffs, at least allows the civil suit to go forward " no small feat considering the strong shield of immunity from liability that Congress cravenly enacted for the gun industry in 2005.
Again, he seems to be equating a futuristic view of the apocalypse with "outmoded ideas" of an afterlife: "Milton's formal experiments with the sonnet and Marvell's generic alterations of the encomium each seek to unseat the futural orientation of poetic forms designed to curry favor, even in cravenly mercenary [emphasis mine] or in sincere fashion.