American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Ignoble fear in the face of danger or pain.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Want of courage to face danger, difficulty, opposition, etc.; dread of exposure to harm or pain of any kind; fear of consequences; pusillanimity; dishonorable fear.
- n. Synonyms Poltroonery, dastardliness, cowardliness.
- n. Lack of courage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Want of courage to face danger; extreme timidity; pusillanimity; base fear of danger or hurt; lack of spirit.
- n. the trait of lacking courage
- Middle English cowardise, from Anglo-Norman cuardise (modern French: couardise). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English cowardise, from Old French couardise, alteration of couardie, from couard, coward; see coward. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Again, here at CENTCOM, for the past few days they have been criticizing Iraqi military for what they term cowardice on the battlefield.”
“Thou hast been spellbound by an evil eye, my darling, and the fainting which you call cowardice is the work of magic.”
“It was then openly proposed to withdraw Sherman; and John Hickman, of Pennsylvania, who had been elected as an anti-Lecompton Democrat, but had gone over to the Republicans, took the floor to resist what he characterized as cowardice and treachery.”
“Excuse me, Balsquith; but that consideration is what we call cowardice in the army.”
“I believe that what you term your cowardice is merely a physical weakness," declared the girl.”
“Dear, do you wish me to help you against what you call your cowardice?”
“Schoolboys cannot understand that this shrinking from danger (I speak of palpable danger), which they call cowardice, nearly always emanates from a superior intellect.”
“I have seen him, in Paris, commit what I call the cowardice of thought.”
“I can remember that I was both a coward and a boaster; but I have frequently remarked that the quality which we call cowardice in”
“I can remember that I was both a coward and a boaster; but I have frequently remarked that the quality which we call cowardice, in a child, implies no more than a greater sense of danger, and consequently”
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