lacking courage; contemptibly timid.
characteristic of or befitting a coward; despicably mean, covert, or unprincipled: a cowardly attack on a weak, defenseless man.
like a coward.
- cow·ard·li·ness, noun
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How to use cowardly in a sentence
The Labor Department should not encourage this cowardly vision of entrepreneurship in America’s workplace laws.How a new regulation would let businesses avoid the law by classifying employees as independent contractors | jakemeth | October 31, 2020 | Fortune
I say that the cowardliness of this attack stands out even more conspicuous, to my eye, than its brutality or its inhumanity.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 5 (of 20) | Charles Sumner
He felt the ground slipping from under him as he, too, realized the completeness and cowardliness of the plot.Sons and Fathers | Harry Stillwell Edwards
Is not the disposition of the soul's irascible part different according to its courage or cowardliness?Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 2 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
Courage produces in those who do not possess it in the proper proportions, either violence or cowardliness.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
And in order to clothe their spiritual cowardliness and laziness in a pious garb, they say: "The Bible is enough for us."The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church | G. H. Gerberding
British Dictionary definitions for cowardly
of or characteristic of a coward; lacking courage
- cowardliness, noun
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