cowardice

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noun cow·ard·ice \ˈkau̇(-ə)r-dəs, dialectal -(ˌ)dīs\

Definition of cowardice

  1. :  lack of courage or firmness of purpose soldiers accused of cowardice

Examples of cowardice in a sentence

  1. the cowardice shown by political leaders who were willing to give the Nazis whatever they wanted

Origin and Etymology of cowardice

Middle English cowardise, from Anglo-French coardise, from cuard —see coward


First Known Use: 14th century


COWARDICE Defined for English Language Learners

cowardice

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noun cow·ard·ice \ˈkau̇(-ə)r-dəs, dialectal -(ˌ)dīs\

Definition of cowardice for English Language Learners

  • : fear that makes you unable to do what is right or expected : lack of courage


COWARDICE Defined for Kids

cowardice

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noun cow·ard·ice \ˈkau̇-ər-dəs\

Definition of cowardice for Students

  1. :  shameful fear



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