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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CRAVENNESS

She had a fine spirit; it did not know defeat or cravenness.

They stood ready to obey his slightest wish––not with cravenness, but with quick reversion to the faith of their ancestors.

It is very frequently set down as pusillanimity and cravenness of spirit.

The boy was the bear-hunter in miniature, strong and hearty, and a stranger to all cravenness.

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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