What does cowardice mean?

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ˈkaʊ ər dɪscow·ardice

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cowardice, cowardliness(noun)

    the trait of lacking courage


  1. cowardice(Noun)

    Lack of courage.

  2. Origin: cowardise, from cuardise (modern French: couardise).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cowardice(noun)

    want of courage to face danger; extreme timidity; pusillanimity; base fear of danger or hurt; lack of spirit

  2. Origin: [F. couardise, fr. couard. See Coward.]


  1. Cowardice

    Cowardice is a trait wherein fear and excess self-concern override doing or saying what is right, good and of help to others or oneself in a time of need—it is the opposite of courage. As a label, "cowardice" indicates a failure of character in the face of a challenge. “Cowardice is impotence worse than violence. The coward desires revenge but being afraid to die, he looks to others, maybe to the government of the day, to do the work of defense for him. A coward is less than a man. He does not deserve to be a member of a society of men and women.” - Mahatma Gandhi Under many military codes of justice, cowardice in combat is a crime punishable by death. The term describes a character flaw which has been shunned and disdained within most, if not all cultures, whilst courage, typically viewed as a virtue, is admired and encouraged.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cowardice

    Are criminal by law, even in the crew of a merchant-ship. Such poltroonery is very rare.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. cowardice

    See Appendix, Articles of War, 42.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cowardice in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cowardice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of cowardice in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Wilde:

    Conscience and cowardice are really the same thing. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm.

  2. Irving Wallace:

    To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.

  3. Edward Whelan:

    The chief surely knows that his job is to be on the right side of the Constitution, blatherings about the 'wrong side of history' are an appeal to intellectual cowardice.

  4. Richard Harris:

    Probably the most distinctive characteristic of the successful politician is selective cowardice.

  5. Nicholas II of Russia:

    All around me is cowardice and deceit.

Images & Illustrations of cowardice

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