- poltroon + -ery (Wiktionary)
“Because the driver has (as is his wont) omitted such petit-bourgeois poltroonery as insurance, driving licence and vehicle registration, it will not matter if he is on every visit tracked from low Earth orbit by some huge American spy satellite.”
“Abdication of responsibility mothered by political poltroonery, thy name is Congress.”
“I'm used to it; not the least irony of my undetected poltroonery is the awe my fearsome reputation inspires.”
“I couldn't believe such poltroonery, myself, and said so, loudly.”
“We dare not stigmatize Argyle with poltroonery; for, though his life was marked by no action of bravery, yet he behaved with so much composure and dignity in the final and closing scene, that his conduct upon the present and similar occasions, should be rather imputed to indecision than to want of courage.”
“I descended the glen more slowly than they, often looking back, and not ill pleased with the poltroonery of my companions, which left me to my own perplexed and moody humour, and induced them to hasten into the broader dale.”
“Moreover, he had no shame in his poltroonery like the recreant”
“We as a species are extraordinary, and capable of great heroism and compassion as well as poltroonery and spite.”
“In witness of their poltroonery, we set upon the knaves with much promptitude, winning the battlement with but minor effusion of blood, etc. etc.”
“Then I thought of poor Firm, and of good Uncle Sam, and how they scorned poltroonery; and, better still, I thought of that great Power which always had protected me: in a word, I resolved to risk it.”
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