The definition of cowardice is lacking in courage.(noun)
Refusing to apologize to someone's face because you aren't brave enough is an example of cowardice.
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Origin: ME & OFr couardise < couard: see coward
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Origin: Middle English cowardise
Origin: , from Old French couardise
Origin: , alteration of couardie
Origin: , from couard, coward; see coward.
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the state or quality of being without a backbone, hence, metaphorically, spinelessness; lack of strength of character.
cowardice; cowardly behavior. —poltroon, n. —poltroonish, adj.
a cowardly, irresolute, or fainthearted condition. —pusillanimous, adj.
cowardice, treason, or disloyalty. —recreant, n., adj.
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