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And with the detective went a man whose gait was slinking, craven.

Hobbs had seemed more of the craven type which Stryker graced so conspicuously.

"Craven Street, please," said the girl, and added a house number.

In his heart he was ashamed of his fears; in his heart he knew himself for a craven.

Swounds, but an empty stomach is a craven comrade in a desperate enterprise.

"And are damned for a croaking, maudlin' craven," added Joseph.

They sheltered their craven lives behind a shield of mock valour.

But the portrait of the late Mrs. Craven was turned to the wall along with the Dean.

Miss Craven and Katherine had gone upstairs, and she was alone with Ted.

I assure you solemnly there was never any question of Miss Craven's honour.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., cravant, perhaps from Old French crevante "defeated," past participle of cravanter "to strike down, to fall down," from Latin crepare "to crack, creak." Sense affected by crave and moved from "defeated" to "cowardly" (c.1400) perhaps via intermediary sense of "confess oneself defeated." Related: Cravenly; cravenness.

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