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ˈkaʊ ər dɪscow·ardice

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cowardice, cowardlinessnoun

    the trait of lacking courage


  1. cowardicenoun

    Lack of courage.

    Etymology: cowardise, from cuardise (modern French: couardise).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cowardicenoun

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

    Etymology: [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. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.

  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. Ahmed Korayem:

    It is such a pity that the only road that never ceases to close out is the that of cowardice" - Mental Hell

  4. Will Rogers:

    I wonder if it isn't just cowardice instead of generosity that makes us give tips.


    Cowardice (lack of courage) kills more dreams, visions and aspirations than anything else does. Or rather, it discourages and delays the actualization of dreams, visions and aspirations more than anything else does. Thus, you've got to be courageous. I mean, dare to live your dreams, visions or aspirations. ~Emeasoba George.

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