cowardice

noun
cow·​ard·​ice | \ ˈkau̇(-ə)r-dəs How to pronounce cowardice (audio) , dialectal -(ˌ)dīs\

Definition of cowardice

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

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Examples of cowardice in a Sentence

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

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The performances would stereotype black men and women as ignorant, hypersexual, superstitious, lazy people who were prone to thievery and cowardice. Jesse J. Holland, The Seattle Times, "Explaining the outrage: Racist history of American blackface began in the 1830s," 6 Feb. 2019 Naturally, many of them concerned the identity of who wrote the op-ed: But while many of the memes focused on guesswork, even more of them focused on calling out what lots of people saw as the deep hypocrisy and cowardice on the part of the writer. Aja Romano, Vox, "That New York Times op-ed may not have given us hope — but it did give us memes," 6 Sep. 2018 Or is human behavior in these matters—courage or cowardice, selfishness or sacrifice—an unchangeable basic over the centuries, unaffected by politics or ideology? Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Did Chivalry Go Down With the Titanic?," 14 Dec. 2018 My family will be suffering the consequences of my cowardice for generations to come. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "How I Let That $558,000 Bottle of Wine Get Away," 19 Oct. 2018 How about amazing lack of accountability and amazing cowardice? Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Trump-endorsed Ron DeSantis says he'd have vetoed gun law, removed Sheriff Israel," 10 Apr. 2018 His nose was always twitching for a sniff of cowardice or collusion. Alan Rusbridger, New York Times, "Seymour M. Hersh — the Journalist as Lone Wolf," 13 June 2018 This is no place for cowardice and nerves have no home here. Dania Haughton, SI.com, "Diana Taurasi and the Path to Longevity and Legacy," 28 May 2018 The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice. Mukhtar Ahmad And Swati Gupta, CNN, "Prominent journalist gunned down in Kashmir," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of cowardice

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cowardice

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

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cowardice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cowardice

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

cowardice

noun
cow·​ard·​ice | \ ˈkau̇-ər-dəs How to pronounce cowardice (audio) \

Kids Definition of cowardice

: shameful fear

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