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CRAVEN. A word of obloquy, which in trials by battle, was pronounced by the vanquished; upon which judgment was rendered against him.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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And I like to think that the stronger one had words of kindness, support, and encouragement for the other, that he didn't lord his goodness over him, that he didn't look down on him, that he saw beneath the sniveling and cravenness to the human being who, in all essentials, was just like himself.
However, the author eventually, if perhaps inadvertently, gets to the explanation for the apparent cravenness of French policy.
That such an ordinance was even sought to be passed in the parliament is not surprising, given the cravenness of India's politicians.
Among conservatives, the palpable despair has prompted dead-enders at The Wall Street Journal to bitterly denounce unspecified apostates for "self-doubt, self-flagellation, excessive fine-tuning, and political cravenness." Nearly every prominent liberal who cheered the March 2003 invasion has either renounced the war or deferred renunciation in the hope that a miracle awaits.
But many outside academia were outraged not by Summers's original comments but his cravenness in the face of the PC juggernaut that followed.
McPherson doesn't flinch in depicting the depth of John's cravenness, the way the poisonous years of self-abuse and self-justification have left him with just a few shards of conscience left.
However, one must recall, in mitigation of their occasional cravenness, that these were men (and one woman) being tried in camera for capital crimes.
The Washington hustlers in charge of his campaign, Gore's own connections to the most egregious of the new wealthy on Wall Street, his singular mixture of cravenness and conventionality in foreign affairs, are repellent.
"What, after all, is McCarthy's bullying of witnesses compared with Harry Truman's coercive `repatriation' of two million Russian POWs to the tender mercy of Joseph Stalin in Operation Keelhaul--one of the bloodiest and greatest crimes with which this country has ever been associated?" And what was McCarthy's broad-brush smear approach compared to the cravenness of the American Establishment that watched China go communist and fired MacArthur "for insisting that America seek victory over Asian Communism"?
But that is only to highlight their moral cravenness. The characters remain caricatures, but caricatures into which a little air has been pumped.
The deeper aim was to interfere in the course of the electoral process of a Western democratic country, and that--thanks to the cravenness of the Spanish electorate--the Muslim fundamentalists did decisively.
What is continually amazing is not so much the existence of such state-sanctioned antihomosexual cruelty-we've grown used to it, of course, in varying degrees in the United States - but the cravenness even among international human rights monitors, both within governments and in the private sector, in answering it.