(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. i. cower, stoop, flinch, wince, crouch, shrink; fawn, truckle, crawl, grovel; sneak. See recoil, fear, servility.
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. flinch, quail, recoil; see wince .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
shrink, flinch, cower, wince, quail, blench, recoil, grovel, quiver, crouch, bow and scrape.
ANT.: stand tall, strut, swagger
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To draw away involuntarily, usually out of fear or disgust: blench1, flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, shy1, start, wince. See APPROACH, SEEK. 2. To support slavishly every opinion or suggestion of a superior: bootlick, fawn, grovel, kowtow, slaver, toady, truckle. Informal: apple-polish, brownnose, cotton. Slang: suck up. Idioms: curry favor, dance attendance, kiss someone's feet, lick someone's boots. See OVER. II noun An act of drawing back in an involuntary or instinctive fashion: flinch, recoil, shrink, wince. See APPROACH, SEEK.

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  • Cringe — Cringe, n. Servile civility; fawning; a shrinking or bowing, as in fear or servility. With cringe and shrug, and bow obsequious. Cowper. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • cringe — meaning ‘to shrink back in fear’, has inflected forms cringed, cringing …   Modern English usage

  • cringe — [v] flinch, recoil from danger blench, cower, crawl, crouch, dodge, draw back, duck, eat dirt, grovel, kneel, quail, quiver, shrink, shy, start, stoop, tremble, wince; concepts 188,195 Ant. come forward …   New thesaurus

  • cringe — ► VERB (cringing) 1) bend one s head and body in fear or in a servile manner. 2) have a sudden feeling of embarrassment or disgust. ► NOUN ▪ an act of cringing. ORIGIN from an Old English word meaning «bend, yield, fall in battle»; related to… …   English terms dictionary

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