cowardice

[ kou-er-dis ]
/ ˈkaʊ ər dɪs /

noun

lack of courage to face danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, etc.

Nearby words

  1. cowabunga,
  2. cowage,
  3. cowal,
  4. cowansville,
  5. coward,
  6. cowardly,
  7. cowash,
  8. cowbane,
  9. cowbell,
  10. cowberry

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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British Dictionary definitions for cowardice

cowardice

/ (ˈkaʊədɪs) /

noun

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

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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