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Examples of craven in a sentence
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 and Etymology of craven
Middle English cravant
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of craven
CRAVEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of craven for English Language Learners
: having or showing a complete lack of courage : very cowardly
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