Lack of courage; esp., shamefully excessive fear of danger, difficulty, or suffering.
Webster's New World
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.
Other Word Forms of Cowardice
Origin of Cowardice
Middle English cowardise from Old French couardise alteration of couardie from couard coward coward
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Middle English cowardise, from Anglo-Norman cuardise (modern French: couardise).
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