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the craven fellow turned and ran
  exceedingly cowardly; or someone who is exceedingly cowardly
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  • the craven fellow turned and ran
  • I feel like a hunted, craven animal, which is exactly how the Empire sees me—how it sees all Scholars.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I did an inexplicable and, I’m afraid, craven thing then.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She resorts to craven, apologetic giggling, which annoys them further, and me also.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • For worm-like, then, oh! who would craven crawl to land!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He was a craven loon.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • "A craven who abandoned his post," said another—this Monseigneur had been got out of Paris, legs uppermost and half suffocated, in a load of hay—"some years ago."
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • What will be said of us in years to come if we don’t return-that we hid like cowards while my uncle was in danger? I can hear it now, the story of the Rider and his craven dragon!
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • He was complacent and insecure, daring in the administrative stratagems he employed to bring himself to the attention of his superiors and craven in his concern that his schemes might all backfire.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • What has come over you, to make you think the Akhaians weak and craven as you say?
    Homer  --  The Iliad

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  • Part of him, a craven, cowardly part which would rather risk losing Misery forever than look upon the inevitable results of such a mistake, denied it.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • I saw on that ivory face the expression of somber pride, of ruthless power, of craven terror—of an intense and hopeless despair.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • the distant reaches of his childhood, when his own understanding of reality clashed with the assertions of others, with their arbitrary orders and contradictory demands, he gave in to so craven a fear of dependence that he renounced his rational faculty.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Here also over these craven hearts his shadow lies and on the scoffer’s heart and lips and on mine.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It is true that we are not yet at open war with the Black Land, and there are some, close to the king’s ear, that speak craven counsels; but war is coming.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Oh, but that is the word of a craven!
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Now, whether it be Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple Of thinking too precisely on the event,— A thought which, quarter’d, hath but one part wisdom And ever three parts coward,—I do not know Why yet I live to say ’This thing’s to do;’ Sith I have cause, and will, and strength, and means To do’t.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • So at the bidding of our distraught lord We looked, and in the craven’s vaulted gloom I saw the maiden lying strangled there, A noose of linen twined about her neck; And hard beside her, clasping her cold form, Her lover lay bewailing his dead bride Death-wedded, and his father’s cruelty.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • When, therefore, intelligence was received at the fort which covered the southern termination of the portage between the Hudson and the lakes, that Montcalm had been seen moving up the Champlain, with an army "numerous as the leaves on the trees," its truth was admitted with more of the craven reluctance of fear than with the stern joy that a warrior should feel, in finding an enemy within reach of his blow.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The first European fire-arm, a clumsy contrivance, was, as is well known, scouted by no few of the knights as a base implement, good enough peradventure for weavers too craven to stand up crossing steel with steel in frank fight.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • I nod, feeling craven for the lie.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • "If thou refusest my fair proffer," said the Prince, "the Provost of the lists shall cut thy bowstring, break thy bow and arrows, and expel thee from the presence as a faint-hearted craven."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • They are more accepted in France, where the doctors are less prone to craven orthodoxies.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • And they fretted because they could do nothing for him in return; they felt so craven sitting on softness and attending the course of the law.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Then the ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, "Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore— Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!"
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Raven
  • Mitty looked at him and at the craven figure of Benbow, who drank, and at the grave, uncertain faces of the two great specialists.
    James Thurber  --  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Whatever you are afraid of, in your craven apprehension, Let me ask you at the least to put on pleas ant faces, And give a hearty welcome to our good Archbishop.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • …issued by that body for your benefit, whatever they may be — what, I ask you, will you say of that working-man, since such I must acknowledge him to be, who, at such a time, deserts his post, and sells his flag; who, at such a time, turns a traitor and a craven and a recreant, who, at such a time, is not ashamed to make to you the dastardly and humiliating avowal that he will hold himself aloof, and will not be one of those associated in the gallant stand for Freedom and for Right?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • He smiled back at her with the sudden, craven weakness of the utterly spiritless creature which these crushing words had made of him.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The point which made me craven Is forward, on the ledge, engraven.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • What did he care about a mean, haunted, craven-faced criminal?
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • The vigilantes were bolstering up the craven Frenchy.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • The cravenly ones will sit behind their walls waiting to see how the wind rises and who is likely to triumph.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • The gold cloaks say he turned craven and you led a sortie in his place.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • The man had proved himself a craven.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Must I slink like a craven because I’ve lost the love of one man?
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • We shared a wall between our sideshow tents, venally baring ourselves to the curious and craven.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • "You’re too stupid to be craven," Pyp told him.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • It was class hate first, then the hate of real manhood for a craven, then the hate of disgrace for a murder.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • They do not themselves clearly know their proper place, and they are almost always either insolent or craven.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • His manner vacillated between hostility and a craven sort of fawning-like a stud mongrel that has been kicked too often.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • The terrible Lord Varamyr had gone craven, but he could not bear that she should know that, so he told the spearwife that his name was Haggon.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • In the meantime Thomas Mugridge, like a drowned rat, was being dragged out from under the forecastle head where he had cravenly ensconced himself.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • There was nothing I could do for Faith, or for Aphra, so I gave way to my craven impulse and fled from that place as fast as my legs would propel me.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • A horrible quaking, craven fear possessed her soul.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Turkeys seem to be manic-depressive types, gobbling with blushing wattles, spread tails, and scraping wings in amorous bravado at one moment and huddled in craven cowardice the next.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Nothing exists outside us except a state of mind, he thinks; a desire for solace, for relief, for something outside these miserable pigmies, these feeble, these ugly, these craven men and women.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • ’The little engineer whimpered like a child, but, broken arm and all, he turned out the least craven of the lot as it seems, and, actually, mustered enough pluck to run an errand to the engine-room.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • The malign glance, which shot from the scowling eye of Abiram, announced the angry character of his feelings, but as the furtive look quailed, immediately, before the unmoved, steady, countenance of the squatter, it also betrayed how much the bolder spirit of the latter had obtained the mastery over his craven nature.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • They lodged, I find, at the Mexborough Private Hotel, in Craven Street, which was actually one of those called upon by my agent in search of evidence.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
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