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cower

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of cower

  1. to draw back or crouch down in fearful submission the abused dog always cowered in the presence of its master Synonyms of cower cringe, grovel, quail Words Related to cower flinch, recoil, shrink, squinch; blanch, blench, whiten; fawn, kowtow, toady

Synonym Discussion of cower

fawn, toady, truckle, cringe, cower mean to behave abjectly before a superior. fawn implies seeking favor by servile flattery or exaggerated attention.
    • waiters fawning over a celebrity
toady suggests the attempt to ingratiate oneself by an abjectly menial or subservient attitude.
    • toadying to his boss
truckle implies the subordination of oneself and one's desires or judgment to those of a superior.
    • truckling to a powerful lobbyist
cringe suggests a bowing or shrinking in fear or servility.
    • a cringing sycophant
cower suggests a display of abject fear in the company of threatening or domineering people.
    • cowering before a bully


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