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ˈkreɪ vəncraven

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. poltroon, craven, recreant(adj)

    an abject coward

  2. craven, recreant(adj)

    lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful

    "the craven fellow turned and ran"; "a craven proposal to raise the white flag"; "this recreant knight"- Spenser


  1. craven(Noun)

    A confessed coward.

  2. craven(Verb)

    To make craven.

  3. craven(Adjective)

    Unwilling to fight; lacking even the rudiments of courage; extremely cowardly.

  4. Origin: From craven

Webster Dictionary

  1. Craven(adj)

    cowardly; fainthearted; spiritless

  2. Craven(noun)

    a recreant; a coward; a weak-hearted, spiritless fellow. See Recreant, n

  3. Craven(verb)

    to make recreant, weak, spiritless, or cowardly

  4. Origin: [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.]


  1. Craven

    Craven is currently the name of a local government district in North Yorkshire, England that began in 1974, centred on the market town of Skipton. Craven district was formed as the merger of Skipton urban district, Settle Rural District and most of Skipton Rural District, all in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It comprises the upper reaches of Airedale, Wharfedale, Ribblesdale, and includes most of the Aire Gap and Craven Basin. Additionally, the name Craven is much older than the modern district, and once encompassed a larger area. This history is also reflected in the way the term is still commonly used, for example by the Church of England.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Craven

    krāv′n, n. a coward: a spiritless fellow.—adj. cowardly: spiritless.—v.t. to render spiritless.—adv. Crav′enly.—n. Crav′enness.—To cry craven, to surrender. [M. E. cravant—O. Fr. participle cravanté, corresponding to L. crepant-em, crepāre, to rattle, to break; some explain M. E. cravant as O. Fr. creant, as in recreant.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. craven

    An old term synonymous with recreant (which see).

Anagrams for craven »

  1. carven

  2. cavern

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of craven in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of craven in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of craven in a Sentence

  1. Jessica Stern:

    This was a disingenuous effort to shed the dignity of LGBT employees at the U.N., while clawing at the authority of the secretary general, those who sided with Russia should be ashamed of such a craven vote.

  2. Allie Brandenburger:

    Hillary Clinton's political machine resorting to attacking Jeb over 9/11 is a depressing example of just how extreme the left has gotten. If there's one thing we should all agree on it's that in response to that horrific attack, the country came together with resolve in the face of evil to ensure we keep our country safe. Today, while Jeb has offered a plan to defeat ISIS, the Democrats have no strategy and they are making these craven attacks.

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