Cringe

Definition of Cringe

Pronunciation: krĭnj
v. t.1.To draw one's self together as in fear or servility; to bend or crouch with base humility; to wince; hence, to make court in a degrading manner; to fawn.
[imp. & p. p. Cringed (krĭnjd); p. pr. & vb. n. Cringing.]
When they were come up to the place where the lions were, the boys that went before were glad to cringe behind, for they were afraid of the lions.
- Bunyan.
Sly hypocrite, . . . who more than thou
Once fawned and cringed, and servilely adored
Heaven's awful monarch?
- Milton.
Flatterers . . . are always bowing and cringing.
- Arbuthnot.
1.To contract; to draw together; to cause to shrink or wrinkle; to distort.
Till like a boy you see him cringe his face,
And whine aloud for mercy.
- Shak.
n.1.Servile civility; fawning; a shrinking or bowing, as in fear or servility.

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