In a place where Gandhi becomes a coward, perhaps Hitler becomes a hero.
Heller does not present his protagonist as fundamentally and wholly a coward.
Like when people call you a coward so it goes around that you are a pussy, and you have to get them back.
"Don't be a coward," the prisoner yells, as he walks toward the electric fence.
Rather, he was “a coward” who would pick fights only “when he knew he was well covered by the busboys.”
Dinghal was not the most robust of men, but he was no coward.
At any rate, I won't be coward enough to try to hide it from her.
But I was sore afraid, for I feared to mate with a coward—I, who had been a warrior-maiden from my birth.
And yet it was a coward's blow, and one to stir the blood and loose the tongue of the most peaceful.
He might have been frightened at the time, and not known what he was doing, but he is not a coward.
mid-13c., from Old French coart "coward" (no longer the usual word in French, which has now in this sense poltron, from Italian, and lâche), from coe "tail," from Latin coda, popular dialect variant of cauda "tail," of uncertain origin + -ard, an agent noun suffix denoting one that carries on some action or possesses some quality, with derogatory connotation (see -ard).
The word probably reflects an animal metaphoric sense still found in expressions like turning tail and tail between legs. Coart was the name of the hare in Old French versions of "Reynard the Fox." Italian codardo, Spanish cobarde are from French.
The identification of coward & bully has gone so far in the popular consciousness that persons & acts in which no trace of fear is to be found are often called coward(ly) merely because advantage has been taken of superior strength or position .... [Fowler]As a surname (attested from 1255) it represents Old English cuhyrde "cow-herd." Farmer has coward's castle "a pulpit," "Because a clergyman may deliver himself therefrom without fear of contradiction or argument."