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cowardly

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of cowardly

  1. 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 Synonyms of cowardly chicken, chickenhearted, chicken-livered, craven, dastardly, gutless, lily-livered, milk-livered [archaic], poltroon, pusillanimous, recreant, spineless, unheroic, yellow Words Related to cowardly diffident, fainthearted, fearful, timid, timorous; afraid, frightened, scared; careful, cautious, wary; bashful, coy, shy; feeble, soft, unmanly, weak Near Antonyms of cowardly audacious, bold, brazen, cheeky, nervy; plucky, spirited, spunky; determined, resolute Antonyms of cowardly brave, courageous, daring, dauntless, doughty, fearless, gallant, greathearted, gutsy, hardy, heroic (also heroical), intrepid, lionhearted, stalwart, stout, stouthearted, valiant, valorous

Synonym Discussion of cowardly

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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