the trait of lacking courage
Lack of courage.
Origin: cowardise, from cuardise (modern French: couardise).
want of courage to face danger; extreme timidity; pusillanimity; base fear of danger or hurt; lack of spirit
Origin: [F. couardise, fr. couard. See Coward.]
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
Are criminal by law, even in the crew of a merchant-ship. Such poltroonery is very rare.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
See Appendix, Articles of War, 42.
The numerical value of cowardice in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of cowardice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of cowardice in a Sentence
Conscience and cowardice are really the same thing. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm.
To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.
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.
Probably the most distinctive characteristic of the successful politician is selective cowardice.
All around me is cowardice and deceit.
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- covardiaCatalan, Valencian
- Ängstlichkeit, Feigheit, KleinmutGerman
- ανανδρία, δειλίαGreek
- cladhaireachdScottish Gaelic
- kepengecutan, kekecutanIndonesian
- deskurajo, poltronesoIdo
- bleyði, gunguskapur, heigulsháttur, ragmennskaIcelandic
- viltà, codardia, vigliaccheria, pusillanimitàItalian
- tirsonekî, bêcesaretî, newêrekî, tirsokî, bêcuretîKurdish
- feigskapNorwegian Nynorsk
- poltronerie, lașitateRomanian
- трусость, малоду́шие, бзде́ниеRussian
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