Craven Cra"ven (kr?"v'n), a. [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}.] Cowardly; fainthearted; spiritless. ``His craven heart.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The poor craven bridegroom said never a word. --Sir. W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

In craven fear of the sarcasm of Dorset. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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