Craven : Definition

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Pronunciation : Cra"ven (kr"v'n)
Part of Speech : a.
Etymology : [OE. cravant, cravaunde, OF. cravant struck down, p. p. of cravanter, crevanter, to break, crush, strike down, fr. an assumed LL. crepantare, fr. L. crepans, p. pr. of crepare to break, crack, rattle. Cf. Crevice, Crepitate.]
Definition : Defn: Cowardly; fainthearted; spiritless. "His craven heart." Shak. The poor craven bridegroom said never a word. Sir. W. Scott. In craven fear of the sarcasm of Dorset. Macualay.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Cra"ven
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [Formerly written also cravant and cravent.]
Definition : Defn: A recreant; a coward; a weak-hearted, spiritless fellow. See Recreant, n. King Henry. Is it fit this soldier keep his oath Fluellen.He is a craven and a villain else. Shak.

Syn. -- Coward; poltroon; dastard.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Cra"ven
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : Defn: To make recreant, weak, spiritless, or cowardly. [Obs.] There is a prohibition so divine, That cravens my weak hand. Shak.

t. [imp. & p. p. Cravened (-v'nd);p. pr. & vb. n. Cravening.]
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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