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cowardly

Synonyms and Antonyms of cowardly

having or showing a shameful lack of courage
  • a cowardly bully who picks on the weak and defenseless
  • vile charges that were made in a cowardly, unsigned letter
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cowardly, pusillanimous, craven, dastardly mean having or showing a lack of courage. cowardly implies a weak or ignoble lack of courage.
    • a cowardly failure to stand up for principle
pusillanimous suggests a contemptible lack of courage.
    • the pusillanimous fear of a future full of possibility
craven suggests extreme defeatism and complete lack of resistance.
    • secretly despised her own craven yes-men
dastardly often implies behavior that is both cowardly and treacherous or skulking or outrageous.
    • a dastardly attack on unarmed civilians

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