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cringing

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

as in shrinking, cowering

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cringing

verb
present participle of cringe

Synonyms & Antonyms of cringing (Entry 2 of 2)

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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“Cringing.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/cringing. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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