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craven

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adjective cra·ven \ˈkrā-vən\

Simple Definition of craven

  • : having or showing a complete lack of courage : very cowardly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of craven

  1. 1 archaic :  defeated, vanquished

  2. 2 :  lacking the least bit of courage :  contemptibly fainthearted

craven noun
cravenly adverb
cravenness play \-vən-nəs\ noun

Examples of craven in a sentence

  1. <a craven refusal to deliver the unwelcome news personally>



Did You Know?

Craven and its synonyms "dastardly" and "pusillanimous" are all basically fancy words for "cowardly." Don't be afraid to use them - here's a little information to help you recognize the subtle distinctions in their connotations. "Craven" suggests extreme defeatism and complete lack of resistance. One might speak of "craven yes-men." "Dastardly" often implies behavior that is both cowardly and treacherous or skulking or outrageous, as in this example: "a dastardly attack on unarmed civilians." "Pusillanimous" suggests a contemptible lack of courage (e.g., "After the attack, one editorialist characterized the witnesses as 'the pusillanimous bystanders'").

Origin of craven

Middle English cravant


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of craven

cowardly, pusillanimous, craven, dastardly mean having or showing a lack of courage. cowardly implies a weak or ignoble lack of courage <a cowardly failure to stand up for principle>. pusillanimous suggests a contemptible lack of courage <the pusillanimous fear of a future full of possibility>. craven suggests extreme defeatism and complete lack of resistance <secretly despised her own craven yes-men>. dastardly often implies behavior that is both cowardly and treacherous or skulking or outrageous <a dastardly attack on unarmed civilians>.

Rhymes with craven


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