- lack of courage to face danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, etc.
Origin of cowardice
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Examples from the Web for cowardice
But when I look out over the crowd now, I also see that they are trapped—trapped by their cowardice.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
In the end he told the general he should shoot himself for his cowardice.Should the U.S. Arm Ukraine’s Militias?
November 24, 2014
But Boehner and the Republicans refused, completely out of cowardice and to spite Obama.For Obama, Hell Week Has Arrived
November 15, 2014
In the back of their patrol car, with her hands cuffed behind her, she mocks their cowardice.A Brief History of the Phrase 'F*ck the Police'
August 23, 2014
“I think it comes from idiocy and cowardice,” said Whedon of the female superhero problem.Fear of a Minority Superhero: Marvel's Obsession with White Guys Saving the World
August 7, 2014
Perhaps the quiet of his boy had not been altogether the quiet of cowardice.Way of the Lawless
He fell on the floor, and in weakness mixed with cowardice lay where he fell.Weighed and Wanting
She stood against the door, and accused them of cowardice—taunted them.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
What is to be said about the folly and cowardice of the suicide's act?An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
He was buried at Dublin, with an epitaph recording his cowardice.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
- lack of courage in facing danger, pain, or difficulty
Word Origin and History for cowardice
c.1300, from Old French coardise (13c.), from coard, coart (see 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, "Men at War," 1942]