Cowardice
Cowardice Cow"ard*ice (-[i^]s), n. [F. couardise, fr. couard. See {Coward}.] Want of courage to face danger; extreme timidity; pusillanimity; base fear of danger or hurt; lack of spirit. [1913 Webster]

The cowardice of doing wrong. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Moderation was despised as cowardice. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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  • cowardice — index fear, fright, panic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • cowardice — [kou′ər dis΄] n. [ME & OFr couardise < couard: see COWARD] lack of courage; esp., shamefully excessive fear of danger, difficulty, or suffering …   English World dictionary

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  • cowardice — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ moral, political ▪ It is an act of moral cowardice for a society to neglect its poor. VERB + COWARDICE ▪ show ▪ accuse sb of …   Collocations dictionary

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  • Cowardice — Coward redirects here. For other meanings including as a surname, see Coward (disambiguation). Cowardice is the perceived failure to demonstrate sufficient mental robustness and courage in the face of a challenge. Under many military codes of… …   Wikipedia

  • cowardice — [[t]ka͟ʊə(r)dɪs[/t]] N UNCOUNT Cowardice is cowardly behaviour. He openly accused his opponents of cowardice. Ant: bravery, courage …   English dictionary

  • cowardice — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Shrinking from pain or danger Nouns 1. cowardice, cowardliness, pusillanimity, poltroonery, baseness; dastardliness; abject fear, funk; Dutch courage; fear, white feather, faint heart, timidity. Informal …   English dictionary for students

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