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cowardice

[kou-er-dis]
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noun
  1. lack of courage to face danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, etc.
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Origin of cowardice

1250–1300; Middle English cowardise < Old French co(u)ardise, equivalent to co(u)art cowardly (see coward) + -ise -ice

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pusillanimity, timidity.

Antonyms

bravery.
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cowardice

noun
  1. lack of courage in facing danger, pain, or difficulty
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Word Origin and History for cowardice

n.

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]
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