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.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Origin: ME & OFr couardise < couard: see coward
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Origin: Middle English cowardise, from Old French couardise, alteration of couardie, from couard, coward; see coward.