Origin of cowardiceMiddle English and Old French couardise from couard: see coward
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.
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.
- His display of cowardice was pitiful.
- His father, when upbraiding his surviving sons for their cowardice, speaks in the Iliad (xxiv.
- Count Casimir Batthyany attacked him in The Times, and Szemere, who had been prime minister under him, published a bitter criticism of his acts and character, accusing him of arrogance, cowardice and duplicity.
- The most remarkable statement of this point of view is that of Friedrich Nietzsche, who went so far as to denounce all forms of self-denial as cowardice: - let every one who is strong seek to make himself dominant at the expense of the weak.
- He called them cowards, whereas the cowardice was really his own, and he deserted them in their utmost need.