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Definition of "craven" [cra•ven]

  • Characterized by abject fear; cowardly. (adjective)
  • A coward. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "craven" in a sentence
  • "So if you had any doubt about who owns the Republicans and their nether regions, this latest exercise in craven sycophancy should pretty much put that to rest."
  • "Charles Lane, who recently praised Evan Bayh for having the courage to be base, selfish, and craven, is on the rise."
  • "The more these changes take place in public opinion, the more reckless, really, the Israeli government has become, and it's all the more surprising, therefore, that Canada should have a government so absolutely ... well, I don't want to use the word craven because that would suggest submissiveness."