noun Date: 1590 mean pusillanimity ; cowardice

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  • Poltroonery — Pol*troon er*y, n. [F. poltronnerie; cf. It. poltroneria.] Cowardice; want of spirit; pusillanimity. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poltroonery — noun Cowardice; want of spirit; pusillanimity. Genius, Poet: do we know what these words mean? […] Nature’s own sacred voice heard once more athwart the dreary boundless element of hearsaying and canting, of twaddle and poltroonery, in which the… …   Wiktionary

  • poltroonery — See poltroon. * * * …   Universalium

  • poltroonery — n. Cowardice, baseness, dastardy, dastardliness, cowardliness, want of spirit …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • poltroonery — pol·troon·ery …   English syllables

  • poltroonery — /pɒlˈtrunəri/ (say pol troohnuhree) noun cowardice …   Australian English dictionary

  • poltroonery — noun abject pusillanimity • Hypernyms: ↑pusillanimity, ↑pusillanimousness …   Useful english dictionary

  • poltroon — poltroonery, n. poltroonish, adj. poltroonishly, adv. /pol troohn /, n. 1. a wretched coward; craven. adj. 2. marked by utter cowardice. [1520 30; earlier pultrowne, pultron, poultroone < MF poultron < OIt poltrone idler, coward, deriv. of poltro …   Universalium

  • 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

  • Cowardice — (Roget s Thesaurus) >Excess of fear. < N PARAG:Cowardice >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 cowardice cowardice pusillanimity Sgm: N 1 cowardliness cowardliness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 timidity timidity effeminacy GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 …   English dictionary for students

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