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(adj) cowardly Origin: L crepare, to crack -> crepantare -> Fr cravantar, to crack, crush When the dacoit threatened to set all the huts of the villagers on fire and to kill all the young children, the craven villagers fell to his feet, pleading for mercy and agreed to fulfil all his demands. Had they shown some courage, the hundred villagers could have overpowered the six dacoits, but of course, courage was precisely what they lacked. The villagers were craven.

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