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.
lack of courage; esp., shamefully excessive fear of danger, difficulty, or suffering
Origin of cowardiceMiddle English and Old French couardise from couard: see coward
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.