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synonyms for cowering

  • cringe
  • crouch
  • flinch
  • recoil
  • skulk
  • tremble
  • wince
  • blench
  • bootlick
  • fawn
  • grovel
  • honey
  • kowtow
  • quail
  • shrink
  • sneak
  • toady
  • truckle
  • apple-polish
  • brownnose
  • draw back
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antonyms for cowering

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  • face
  • meet
  • come out
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How to use cowering in a sentence

Members of Congress were now huddled with their staff, cowering petrified behind furniture they had piled against their office doors.
“I DON’T TRUST THE PEOPLE ABOVE ME”: RIOT SQUAD COPS OPEN UP ABOUT DISASTROUS RESPONSE TO CAPITOL INSURRECTIONBY JOAQUIN SAPIEN AND JOSHUA KAPLANFEBRUARY 12, 2021PROPUBLICA
In response, the US built rockets and American children learned to cower under their school desks in atomic bomb drills.
LUNIK: INSIDE THE CIA’S AUDACIOUS PLOT TO STEAL A SOVIET SATELLITEBOBBIE JOHNSONJANUARY 28, 2021MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
The scenes of congressional representatives cowering on the House floor Wednesday are likely to revive calls for new domestic terrorism legislation.
DOMESTIC TERRORISM: A MORE URGENT THREAT, BUT WEAKER LAWSBY SEBASTIAN ROTELLAJANUARY 8, 2021PROPUBLICA
Stewart cowered in the kitchen area and called police to tell them Mouser was hurting her mother, she said, but Blake took the phone from her and told them that nothing was wrong.
HER STEPFATHER ADMITTED TO SEXUALLY ABUSING HER. THAT WASN’T ENOUGH TO KEEP HER SAFE.BY NADIA SUSSMANSEPTEMBER 18, 2020PROPUBLICA
The heir apparent and his brothers were cowering in fear, afraid to strike, yet hoping that others would strike for them.
THE RED YEARLOUIS TRACY
Savage troopers urged their horses into the water and slashed cowering women with their sabers.
THE RED YEARLOUIS TRACY
They entered a house where an apparently sick man sat cowering in a corner, wrapped in a blanket.
THE COURIER OF THE OZARKSBYRON A. DUNN
The inhabitants were cowering upon the floor, playing with the children, or assisting one another to get rid of their vermin.
A WOMAN'S JOURNEY ROUND THE WORLDIDA PFEIFFER
Cowering amid some shrubs of dense foliage, he watched Malcolm dashing along the road to the Lahore Gate of the palace.
THE RED YEARLOUIS TRACY
After cowering under a wet mantle in despair for a time, another effort was made.
STUDIES IN FOLK-SONG AND POPULAR POETRYALFRED M. WILLIAMS
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WORDS RELATED TO COWERING

  • abject
  • adulatory
  • bootlicking
  • bowing
  • compliant
  • cowering
  • crawling
  • cringing
  • flattering
  • humble
  • ingratiating
  • mealy-mouthed
  • obsequious
  • parasitic
  • prostrate
  • scraping
  • servile
  • slavish
  • sniveling
  • spineless
  • submissive
  • subservient
  • sycophant
  • sycophantic
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