- 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.
cowardice definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French couardise ; from couard: see coward
cowardice definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English cowardise, from Old French couardise, alteration of couardie, from couard, coward; see coward.