cowardice

  • 1 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]… …

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  • 2 cowardice — c.1300, from O.Fr. coardise (13c.), from coard, coart (see COWARD (Cf. coward)) + noun suffix ise. Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination. [Ernest Hemingway …

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

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  • 4 cowardice — [n] timidity cold feet*, faintheartedness, fear, fearfulness, funk, gutlessness, mousiness, pusillanimity, wimpiness; concept 27 …

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

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  • 6 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 …

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  • 7 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 …

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  • 8 cowardice — n. 1) to demonstrate, show cowardice 2) abject, rank; moral cowardice 3) (misc.) a streak of cowardice * * * [ kaʊədɪs] moral cowardice rank showcowardice (misc.) a streak of cowardice abject to demonstrate …

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  • 9 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… …

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

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  • 11 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 …

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  • 12 cowardice — cow|ard|ice [ˈkauədıs US ər ] n also cow|ard|li|ness [ˈkauədlinıs US ərd ][U] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: coardise, from coart; COWARD] lack of courage ≠ ↑bravery ▪ cowardice in the face of danger …

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  • 13 cowardice — also cow.ard.li.ness noun (U) lack of courage: cowardice in the face of danger …

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  • 14 cowardice — coward ► NOUN ▪ a person contemptibly lacking in courage. DERIVATIVES cowardice noun cowardliness noun cowardly adjective. ORIGIN Old French couard, from Latin cauda tail , perhaps with reference to an animal with its tail between its legs …

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  • 15 cowardice — noun Etymology: Middle English cowardise, from Anglo French coardise, from cuard Date: 14th century lack of courage or resolution …

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  • 16 cowardice — /kow euhr dis/, n. lack of courage to face danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, etc. [1250 1300; ME cowardise < OF co(u)ardise, equiv. to co(u)art cowardly (see COWARD) + ise ICE] Syn. pusillanimity, timidity. Ant. bravery. * * * …

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  • 17 cowardice — noun /kaʊʍɜrdɪs/ Lack of courage. Syn: cowardliness See Also: coward, cowardly …

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  • 18 cowardice — Synonyms and related words: abject fear, abulia, adynamia, affright, alarm, anemia, atony, awe, blah feeling, bloodlessness, blue funk, cachexia, cachexy, consternation, cowardliness, debilitation, debility, dismay, dread, dullness, etiolation,… …

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  • 19 cowardice — cow|ard|ice [ kauərdıs ] noun uncount behavior that shows you are not brave enough to fight or do something difficult or dangerous that you should do …

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  • 20 cowardice — cow·ard·ice || kaÊŠÉ™dɪs n. fear, faint heartedness, timidity, lack of courage …

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