Thesaurus

cringe

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of cringe

  1. 1 to draw back in fear, pain, or disgust gruesome crime scene photos that made several jurors cringe Synonyms of cringe blench, flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch, winceWords Related to cringe blanch, pale, whiten; quake, quiver, shake, shudder, tremble; crouch; jerk, start, twitch; recede, retire, retreat, withdraw; falter, hesitate, reel, waverNear Antonyms of cringe advance, approach, near; beard, challenge, confront, defy, face

  2. 2 to draw back or crouch down in fearful submission the puppy cringed when his master raised the rolled-up newspaper Synonyms of cringe cower, grovel, quailWords Related to cringe flinch, recoil, shrink, squinch; blanch, blench, whiten; fawn, kowtow, toady

Synonym Discussion of cringe

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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