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Cringing Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    cringing adj : totally submissive [syn: groveling, grovelling, wormlike, wormy]
Cringing Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Cringe \Cringe\ (kr?nj), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crnged (kr?njd); p. pr. & vb. n. Cringing.] [As. crincgang, cringan, crincan, to jield, fall; akin to E. crank.] 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. 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.

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