cowardice

[kou-er-dis]
noun
lack of courage to face danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, etc.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English cowardise < Old French co(u)ardise, equivalent to co(u)art cowardly (see coward) + -ise -ice


pusillanimity, timidity.


bravery.
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cowardice (ˈkaʊədɪs)
 
n
lack of courage in facing danger, pain, or difficulty

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cowardice
c.1300, from O.Fr. couardise (13c.), from couard (see coward).
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Example sentences
It should be remembered that brutality is not manliness, but cowardice.
Given that cohort, presidential cowardice doesn't have ruinous effects.
The neighborhood has been deeply affected by that horrific act of cowardice.
And so did large acts of cowardice and small acts of courage, often committed
  by unknown soldiers.
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