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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 cringe /ˈkrɪnʤ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cringe v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cringed p. pr. & vb. n. Cringing.]  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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cringe, v. t. To contract; to draw together; to cause to shrink or wrinkle; to distort. [Obs.]
 Till like a boy you see him cringe his face,
 And whine aloud for mercy.   --Shak.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cringe, n. Servile civility; fawning; a shrinking or bowing, as in fear or servility. “With cringe and shrug, and bow obsequious.”

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

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