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cringe

verb

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1 to draw back in fear, pain, or disgust
  • gruesome crime scene photos that made several jurors cringe

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2 to draw back or crouch down in fearful submission
  • the puppy cringed when his master raised the rolled-up newspaper

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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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The first known use of cringe was in the 13th century

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“Cringe.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/cringe. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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