Origin of cowardiceMiddle English and Old French couardise from couard: see coward
The definition of cowardice is lacking in courage.
Refusing to apologize to someone's face because you aren't brave enough is an example of cowardice.
Ignoble fear in the face of danger or pain.
Origin of cowardiceMiddle English cowardise from Old French couardise alteration of couardie from couard coward ; see coward .
invertebracy the state or quality of being without a backbone, hence, metaphorically, spinelessness; lack of strength of character. poltroonery cowardice; cowardly behavior. —poltroon, n. —poltroonish, adj. pusillanimity a cowardly, irresolute, or fainthearted condition. —pusillanimous, adj. recreancy cowardice, treason, or disloyalty. —recreant, n., adj.
(countable and uncountable, plural cowardices)
- Lack of courage.
- His display of cowardice was pitiful.
- His father, when upbraiding his surviving sons for their cowardice, speaks in the Iliad (xxiv.
- The court had indeed acquitted him of personal cowardice or of disaffection, and only condemned him for not having done his utmost.
- Count Casimir Batthyany attacked him in The Times, and Szemere, who had been prime minister under him, published a bitter criticism of his acts and character, accusing him of arrogance, cowardice and duplicity.
- When they retreated before overwhelming odds they were publicly accused of cowardice and incompetence.