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Wordnet 3.0

VERB (2)

1. draw back, as with fear or pain;
- Example: "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
[syn: flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail]

2. show submission or fear;
[syn: fawn, crawl, creep, cringe, cower, grovel]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cringe \Cringe\ (kr[i^]nj), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cringed (kr[i^]njd); p. pr. & vb. n. Cringing.] [As. crincgan, 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Sly hypocrite, . . . who more than thou Once fawned and cringed, and servilely adored Heaven's awful monarch? --Milton. [1913 Webster] Flatterers . . . are always bowing and cringing. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cringe \Cringe\, v. t. To contract; to draw together; to cause to shrink or wrinkle; to distort. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Till like a boy you see him cringe his face, And whine aloud for mercy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

cringe v 1: draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf" [syn: flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail] 2: show submission or fear [syn: fawn, crawl, creep, cringe, cower, grovel]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

86 Moby Thesaurus words for "cringe": apple-polish, avoid, bend, bend the knee, bend the neck, bend to, blench, blink, bootlick, bow, bow and scrape, bow down, bow to, brown-nose, cower, crawl, creep, cringe to, croodle, crouch, crouch before, curtsy, defer, do homage, do obeisance, dodge, draw back, draw in, duck, eat dirt, evade, fade, fall back, fawn, flatter, flinch, funk, genuflect, get down, grovel, hang back, hunch, hunch down, jib, kneel, kneel to, knuckle to, kowtow, lick the dust, lickspittle, pull back, pull in, pull out, quail, quiver, recoil, reel back, retract, retreat, scrouch down, sheer off, shrink, shrink back, shy, sidestep, skulk, slaver, slink, sneak, squat, start aside, start back, stoop, swerve, toadeat, toady, tremble, truckle, truckle to, turn aside, wallow, weasel, weasel out, welter, wince, withdraw